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New York City Department of Health
Office of Public Affairs
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CONTACT: Sandra Mullin/Greg Butler
Friday, June 28, 2002
(212) 788-5290
(877) 640-1347

HEALTH DEPARTMENT REMINDER: TAKE A WALK NEW YORK!

Next Walk Scheduled for Saturday, June 29th at Brooklyn-Queens Greenway in Queens

New York City Health Commissioner Thomas R. Frieden, MD, MPH, today reminded New Yorkers of the Health Department's participation in the Take a Walk, New York! initiative. 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. Walks are designed to accommodate walkers of all levels, and are led by experienced, knowledgeable guides.

Dr. Frieden also reiterated the health benefits of walking. All New Yorkers should get 30 minutes of at least moderate days -- such as taking a brisk walk -- on most or all days. Studies have shown that moderate physical activity can significantly reduce one's risk for heart disease, and regular walking can help prevent obesity, diabetes, and some cancers.

Walks typically average 75 participants. Below is a list of upcoming walks scheduled through August:

  • 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.
  • Saturday, July 13, 10:30 AM: East Shore of Staten Island. Traipse along the shoreline, parks – such as the newly created Ocean Breeze Park – and sand dunes. Be sure to take the 9:30 AM ferry from Bowling Green.
  • Sunday, July 21, 9:30 AM: Over the George Washington Bridge and Fort Lee Historic Park. Meander into New Jersey and enjoy great views of New York City. Bring a lunch, and picnic with fellow walkers after the walk.
  • Saturday, August 10, 10:00 AM: Croton Aqueduct in the Bronx. Stroll atop the Croton Aqueduct, which brings New York City its supply of clean drinking water. Remember to pack a snack.
  • Saturday, August 17, 9:30 AM: Brooklyn Waterfront Communities. Frolic through Coney Island, Brighton and Manhattan Beaches, and Sheepshead Bay. Bring a bathing suit for an after-walk dip in the ocean.

For the most up-to-date information concerning times and locations of walks, as well as subway and bus directions to walk starting points, call 212-379-8339. For more information, visit walkny.org or http://www.nyc.gov/html/doh/pdf/public/tawny.pdf

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