|New York City Department of Health |
Office of Public Affairs
|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE |
CONTACT: Sandra Mullin/Greg Butler
Friday, June 7, 2002
HEALTH DEPARTMENT URGES NEW YORKERS TOOrganized Walk Scheduled for Sunday, June 9th in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn
PARTICIPATE IN TAKE A WALK NEW YORK
For the second consecutive year, the New York City Department of Health (DOH) will participate in the Take A Walk, New York! program. Coordinated by the Neighborhood Open Space Coalition, Take a Walk, New York! provides professionally-guided walks in all five boroughs, in an effort to promote walking for health. Take A Walk New York takes place on weekends, is free of charge, and is accessible by mass transit. The walks are designed to accommodate walkers of all levels, and are led by experienced knowledge guides.
Health Commissioner Thomas R. Frieden, MD, MPH, said "Studies have shown that moderate physical activity can significantly reduce one's risk for cardiovascular disease. Regular walking also helps prevent obesity, diabetes, and some cancers. Take a Walk New York offers New Yorkers an enjoyable opportunity to engage in physical activity with proven health benefits."
Between two and four walks are scheduled each month, depending on the season. Each walk averages about 75 walkers. Prospective walkers can call 212-379-8339 for the most up-to-date information about times and locations of walks, as well as subway and bus directions to walk starting points. The following two walks are scheduled for June:
- Sunday, June 9, 9:30 AM – Bay Ridge, Brooklyn. Join Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz, as he gives "power walking" lessons as part of his Lighten Up, Brooklyn campaign.
- Saturday, June 29, 10:30 AM – Brooklyn-Queens Greenway in Queens. Follow a trail through a "green necklace" of parks, which includes Flushing Meadows Corona Park, Kissena Park, Cunningham Park, and Alley Pond Park.
For more information, please visit walkny.org or nyc.gov/health.