Looking for something fun to do as a family to celebrate the last day of school? Join the Newport Health Equity Zone at the Florence Gray Center on June 29th, from 3-7pm, for a free summer kick-off party to celebrate healthy neighborhoods and families.

The event is hosted by the Newport Health Equity Zone, an initiative dedicated to promoting healthy living in Newport, especially the North End and Broadway communities.

The event will have free food, a bouncy house, face painting, a petting pen with goats, arts and crafts, a self-defense demonstration, an obstacle course, and much, much more! You can also expect a special guest appearance by the Big Nazo characters, and the nationally recognized professional storyteller Valerie Tutson. In addition to all of the fun activities, there will be a ribbon cutting for the unveiling of the brand new Wellness Hub in the Florence Gray Center, which will be one of two Wellness Hubs in Newport. The Wellness Hubs will host Diabetes Prevention Programs, and will also facilitate other healthy living classes for the public to attend.

For more information and a detailed schedule of events visit nhezsummerkickoff.eventbrite.com.

Ryan Belmore is the Publisher of What'sUpNewp. 
Belmore has been involved with What’sUpNewp since shortly after its launch in 2012, proudly leading it to be named Best Local News Blog in Rhode Island by Rhode Island Monthly readers in 2018, 2019, and 2020 and an honorable mention in the Common Good Awards in 2021.

Born and raised in Rhode Island, Belmore graduated from Coventry High School and the Community College of Rhode Island. In addition to living in Newport for 10 years, he has lived in Portsmouth, Coventry, Providence, Smithfield, Burrillville, and East Greenwich.

Belmore currently serves as Vice President of the Board Of Directors for Fort Adams Trust and on the Board of Directors for Potter League For Animals. He previously served on the Board of Lucy's Hearth and the Arts & Cultural Alliance for Newport County.

Belmore and his wife, Jen, currently live in Alexandria, Virginia, a move they made in 2021. Read more about that here - https://whatsupnewp.com/2021/09/letter-from-the-publisher-some-personal-news/

Belmore visits Newport every couple of weeks to support the 12+ paid contributors What'sUpNewp has on the ground across Rhode Island, a place he called home for 39 years.

Belmore is a member of Local Independent Online News (LION) Publishers, Society of Professional Journalists, and the North American Snowsports Journalists Association.

In 2020, Belmore was named Member of the Year by LION and won the Arts & Cultural Alliance of Newport County's Dominque Award.
Belmore can be contacted at ryan@whatsupnewp.com and 401-662-1653.