Kent County, DE Resources

Kent County, Delaware Resources

Healthy Eating Resources

Food Access

Farmers’ Markets

Farmers’ Markets offer a variety of fresh produce and are located throughout Delaware.  For a location near you, http://dda.delaware.gov/marketing/FarmersMarketsGuide.shtml

(For low-income residents):

Food Banks/Closets – A great resource for low income individuals; located throughout Delaware.  To find locations, go to http://www.delaware211.org/programs.php or call “2-1-1″ in Delaware.  To contact the Food Bank of Delaware (FBD), call 302-292-1305.  FBD also provides direct, individualized application assistance in order for clients to apply for SNAP benefits (see below).

Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)Formerly known as food stamps, SNAP is a federal assistance program for low-income residents.  To apply for the program, or locate a SNAP office near you, go to http://www.fns.usda.gov/snap/outreach/states/delaware.htm

Women, Infants and Children Program (WIC)The Women, Infants and Children program provides nutritious foods to supplement the diets of low-income women, infants & children up to age 5 who are at nutritional risk.  In addition, they offer nutrition education, breastfeeding support and referrals to other healthcare providers, as needed.  http://www.dhss.delaware.gov/dhss/dph/chca/dphwichominf01.html

Nutrition Education

Check with your local hospital; many offer classes on nutrition topics such as weight management and diabetes.

(For low-income residents):

4H Nutrition Program; Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program (EFNEP)

Nutrition assistants work with limited resource families with young children individually and in groups, teaching them nutrition, food safety and resource management. In the summer, youth between the ages of 8 and 12 are taught nutrition and food safety at summer camps.   For more information, contact the EFNEP Program Coordinator, Kent Cooperative Extension Office University of Delaware Paradee Center
69 Transportation Center Dover, DE 19901
Phone: (302)-730-4000
http://ag.udel.edu/extension/kent/4h/index.html

Food Bank of DE- Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Education (SNAP-ED)

The goal of SNAP-Ed is to improve the likelihood that people eligible for SNAP will make healthy food choices within a limited budget. The Food Bank of Delaware’s Community Nutritionist and Nutrition Educators provide programs for adults that focus on diet quality and resources management and for children that teach healthy eating and simple cooking skills. Programs are offered throughout the state.  Contact the Milford branch (serves both Kent and Sussex County) at 302-393-2013.

Individual Nutrition Counseling

Many insurance companies are now providing reimbursement for nutrition counseling services, especially for diet-related conditions such as diabetes.  Check with your healthcare provider for a referral, or go to www.eatright.org to locate a registered dietitian in your area.   Nutritionists are generally available to outpatients at local hospitals, and can also be found in WIC clinics, high school-based wellness centers, fitness centers and more.  In Delaware, individuals providing nutrition assessment and/or counseling must possess a state license.   More info. at https://dpronline.delaware.gov/mylicense%20weblookup/Search.aspx

Active Living Resources

Organizations

Community Organizations

YMCAs

YMCA programs promote good health, strong families, confident kids and solid communities.  Examples of programs offered include camps, after school programs, adult and family fitness, swimming lessons, sports programs and senior adult programs.  www.ymcade.org

Central Delaware YMCA & Aquatic Center
1137 S. State Street
Dover, DE
Phone: (302)-674-3000
 

Boys & Girls Clubs of Delaware, Inc.

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Delaware is part of a nationwide movement whose mission is to inspire and enable all young people to realize their full potential as productive, responsible, and caring citizens. The Clubs provide vital youth development services for more than 20,000 children ages six through 20. Throughout Delaware, there are 15 Clubs, 24 school sites, and five extensions conveniently located.   For more information, go to http://www.bgclubs.org

Dover Air Force Base Boys & Girls Club
864 Center Street
Dover, DE 19901
(302) 677-6263 or 677-6376
 
Smyrna Clayton Boys & Girls Club
240 E. Commerce Street
Smyrna, DE 19977
302-659-5610
Fax: 302-659-5612
 
Delaware State University Club
U.S Washington Building
1200 N. Dupont Hwy
Dover, DE 19901
(302) 824-1115
 
Boys & Girls Club – Wesley College Boys & Girls Club
116 N. Governors Ave
Dover, DE 19901
Phone: (302)-678-5199
 
Greater Milford Boys & Girls Club
101 Delaware Veterans Blvd
Milford, DE 19963
302.422.4453
302.422.4787 fax
 
Simon Circle Boys & Girls Club
375 Simon Circle
Dover, DE 19904
302-678-5182
Fax:  302-678-5183
 

Girls on the Run

This is a national nonprofit program with the mission to inspire girls to be joyful, healthy and confident using a fun, experience-based curriculum which creatively integrates running.  Groups participate throughout Delaware.  For more information, www.girlsontherunde.org

City, County and State Recreation

County Recreation Organizations

Kent County Levy Court Parks & Recreation Brochure
555 Bay Road
Dover, DE 19901

http://www.co.kent.de.us/Departments/CommunitySvcs/Rec/index.htm

Dover Parks & Recreation
1210 White Oak Road
Dover, DE 19901
Phone: (302)-736-7050

http://www.cityofdover.com/Parks-Recs-Home/

Schools Allowing Public Access to their Tracks (after school hours)

  • Lake Forest High School
  • Dover Central Middle School (please clean up after pets)
  • Dover High School (tennis courts only please)

Parks

Kent County Parks

A visit to your local park is a great way to enjoy physical activity outdoors.  Next time you visit your local park, be sure to take advantage of all the fun activities available.  For more information visit: http://www.co.kent.de.us/Departments/CommunitySvcs/Parks/index.htm

555 Bay Road
Dover, DE 19901
Telephone: 302-744-2495

State Parks and Recreation

Delaware State Parks have programs unique to each park facility.  Examples include walking tours, kayak rentals/trips, and lots of outdoor family-friendly activities such as hayrides, moon walks and bird walks.  Special programs, like the Delaware Great Parks Pursuit and the Trail Challenge, promote the use of the parks and offer chances to win prizes.   For information about the parks including locations, hours, programs, services, fees and amenities, go to www.destateparks.com

Trails

The following are a list of trails found throughout Kent County that are all great for walkers, bikers, and runners of all ages. For more information go to http://www.destateparks.com/activities/Trails/index.asp

  • Bowers Beach
  • Saint Jones River Greenway
  • Woodland Beach Wildlife Area
  • Isaacs Branch Greenway

Trail Guides

The Delaware State Parks website has maps for the following trail:

Killens Pond

http://www.destateparks.com/activities/trails/maps.asp

Bicycling

Bike Clubs

The Delaware Bicycle Council was established in May of 1990 by House Bill 505 to “”consider, review and work on matters pertaining to bicycling, bicycle safety and bicycle safety education.  For more information including local clubs, and live traffic → www.deldot.gov

Web Resources

http://getupanddosomething.org/ Sponsored by Delaware Health and Social Services, this site includes a local event calendar and lots of information about nutrition and physical activity.