September 22, 2017
Long Island City, NY – Over 100 employees of the NYC Department of Design and Construction (DDC) took part in a 5K “Wellness Challenge” today, running, walking or even rolling through Long Island City as part the agency’s wellness-at-work initiative. The 5K event will continue twice per week through Friday, November 18. The lunchtime wellness walk is one of several workplace initiatives promoting health and wellness at DDC, including a softball and bowling teams, and yoga, tai-chi and Zumba programs.
“This is another step in supporting Mayor de Blasio’s initiative for healthy living in New York City,” said DDC Acting Commissioner Ana Barrio. “Exercise benefits not only for physical health but also mental health, and is a great stress reliever. These events help inspire people to take the necessary steps to stay healthy, both at work and when away.”
“The Wellness Challenge builds comradery and encourages our staff to be physically healthy,” said Dalela Harrison, DDC’s Head EEO Officer. “The lunchtime walk was an overwhelming success and I look forward to continuing that success in the upcoming months.”
About the NYC Department of Design and Construction
The Department of Design and Construction is the City’s primary capital construction project manager. In supporting Mayor de Blasio’s lenses of growth, sustainability, resiliency, equity and healthy living, DDC provides communities with new or renovated public buildings such as such as firehouses, libraries, police precincts, new or upgraded roadways, sewers, water mains in all five boroughs. To manage this $15 billion portfolio, DDC partners with other City agencies, architects and consultants, whose experience bring efficient, innovative, and environmentally-conscious design and construction strategies to city projects. For more information, please visit nyc.gov/ddc.