Mesa residents can help raise the spirits of our community by participating in #InspireMesa, a grassroots digital campaign to show that we are still connected and can support each other despite staying at home and practicing social distancing.
Starting today, residents will see #InspireMesa on the City of Mesa website, Mesa Channel 11 and social media platforms highlighting positive ways residents can connect with their neighborhoods, stay physically fit and mentally healthy. Highlights will include the many positive actions of neighbors, businesses and organizations happening every day.
"These are unprecedented times and along with the grim statistics and growing concern, we frequently hear uplifting stories of how people have safely helped one another or made someone's day by simply saying hello in a creative way," Mayor John Giles said, "We want to capture and share these moments while providing tools and activities to help residents get through their time staying at home and practicing social distancing."
City staff is working with faith-based and human services organizations, ASU, local celebrities, and entrepreneurs to target activities that encourage mindfulness through exercise, meditation, education and meaningful interactions while maintaining precautionary measures being recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and other public health agencies.
Fitness celebrities Chris and Heidi Powell are now providing at-home workout programs free to the city of Mesa. "We are honored to do this. This is just the right thing to do for our city." Mesa-born resident Chris Powell said. "When my wife and I discussed this idea with our company team at Transform, we knew that providing our workouts programs would not only help our fellow residents be healthy physically but also emotionally."
Besides the Transform with Chris and Heidi exercise videos, other programming and activities include a 10-minute news brief called The Newsworthy with Erica Mandy, daily meditations provided by ASU's Center for Mindfulness, Compassion and Resilience, links to music videos performed by Rob Gardner's Cinematic Pop Orchestra featuring local artists and much more.
For more information about #InspireMesa and a list of activities and programs available go to mesaaz.gov/InspireMesa.
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Contact: Steve Wright