Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano, County Legislator Rose Walker and Health Commissioner Dr. Larry Eisenstein joined with officials from the Long Island Health Collaborative (LIHC) this week to raise awareness about a simple way to reduce or prevent chronic diseases – walking.
The LIHC community program has embraced walking as an inexpensive way to incorporate exercise into anyone’s daily schedule; and together with County Executive Mangano, hosted a Walk in the Park at Eisenhower Park on April 6, in support of National Walking Day.
The Long Island Health Collaborative is a coalition that includes Nassau and Suffolk’s health departments, all 23 Long Island hospitals, health and social service community-based organizations, health plans, academic institutions, and local governments and other groups that are working together towards a healthier Long Island. Its efforts are now funded by the New York State Department of Health, through a Population Health Improvement Program (PHIP) grant – managed by the Nassau-Suffolk Hospital Council.
Also attending the walk and announcement were: Shila Shah-Gavnoudias, Commissioner Department of Public Works; Dr. Jim Tomarken, Commissioner Suffolk County Department of Health and Kevin Dahill, Executive Director Nassau- Suffolk Hospital Council.
County Executive Mangano congratulated the LIHC on receiving the multi-million dollar Long Island Public Health Improvement Plan grant from the State
“Today’s walk for National Walking Day, provides a great opportunity for everyone to get over the winter blues and recommit to being healthier,” Mangano told those gathered. “My administration has always been committed to promoting and providing health and wellness programs and initiatives for residents throughout Nassau County.
The Collaborative’s decision to make walking a priority has allowed Nassau County to be a recipient of Complete Streets funding from the Collaborative, to complete projects such as walking, jogging, and biking paths around the perimeter of Eisenhower Park and at Christopher Morley and Wantagh Parks. Each have specifically designed fitness trails that offer residents the opportunity to walk or jog along marked one- or two-mile trails that incorporate 20 attractive and simple fitness stations. The stations offer a variety of exercises of increasing difficulty from simple stretching to pull-ups and sit-ups and balance walking.
The County also holds Nature Walks at Muttontown Preserve on Sunday mornings between ApriI and June.
Mangano said his vision for the Hub property will similarly include Green Pedestrian Connectors which will connect Hofstra University, Nassau Community College, Mitchel Athletic Complex, Museum Row, RXR Plaza, Kellenberg Memorial High School and the Coliseum with direct, walking and biking connectivity for residents and visitors to the Hub.
“By working together to spread the word of wellness through exercise, sports and good nutrition, we can help create a healthier Nassau County,” he said.