By Eden Laikin
Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano and North Shore-LIJ Health System announced this week that former New York Mets and New York Yankees pitcher, Dwight “Doc” Gooden, will return to his hometown of Nassau County on Saturday, August 9, 2014 to speak about his longtime, and often public, struggles with drug addiction at Nassau County’s Annual Health, Fitness & Sports Expo. The family-friendly Expo is free and designed to introduce an array of healthy lifestyle alternatives to replace fast food and chronic video game playing.
Gooden will speak on behalf of the Expo’s Behavioral Health component, which incorporates mental health, chemical dependency issues and physical well-being. A free lifesaving overdose prevention seminar will also be offered following Gooden’s remarks, in which residents learn how to administer Narcan, or Naloxone, to reverse the potentially deadly effects of a Heroin or Painkiller overdose and save a life. No medical experience is necessary and each trainee will receive a free nasal Narcan kit.
The Expo is organized by County Executive Mangano’s office along with the Nassau County Department of Health and the event’s main sponsor – North Shore-LIJ Health System and the Office of Mental Health, Chemical Dependency and Developmental Disabilities Services.
This collaborative effort involves related health, sports, fitness and human service providers, seeking to promote access to health care, encourage preventative health screenings and promote a healthy lifestyle through sports and fitness related activities.
The Expo will run from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the Mitchel Field Athletic Complex in Uniondale.
Nassau County Health Commissioner Dr. Lawrence Eisenstein said he encourages all residents of Nassau County to come out for a great day of exciting activities.
“I prescribe the combination of fresh air and exercise for children and adults alike at the Expo on Aug 9,” Eisenstein said. “Come and learn ways to be healthier and happier while becoming more active and having fun.”
Featured at the Expo this year will be a special martial arts demonstration by several premiere schools throughout Nassau County. In addition to last year’s festivities, new enhancements will include: More inflatable rides for children, a PGA Golf clinic, a Cosmo-led soccer clinic, and Double Dutch tournament. Famed sport personalities from major league teams will be available for autographs and photo opps; and there will be a Healthy food pavilion.
Sponsorships and vendor spots are still available. Contact Ray Thomas at the Nassau County Health Department firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 516-227-9675 for details.
Mangano thanked the organizations already sponsoring the Expo – Winthrop Hospital, NuHealth, Health Plus, the PGA, Bethpage Federal Credit Union, Hofstra University, St Joseph’s Hospital, The NY Cosmos, BluChip Marketing and PinkTie.org.
“If your company would you like to help Nassau promote a healthier lifestyle for children and adults, or simply want a chance to highlight your company’s wellness efforts, then join the team at our Health, Fitness & Sports Expo on August 9th,” County Executive Mangano said. “Help create a healthier Nassau County.”
Health care information and free medical screenings will be available at the event.