Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano today announced the Allstate and American Heart Association Walking Path at the Nassau County Court House giving residents, visitors and County employees a new opportunity to improve their heart health while at the Court House.
Allstate Insurance Company partnered with the American Heart Association on the importance of health awareness in our communities. Through that partnership, Allstate sponsored a Walking Path location anywhere on Long Island. The Nassau County Government buildings were chosen as a location for the walking path based on the partnership and work Allstate shared with Nassau County District Attorney Kathleen Rice on the issue of Teen Driver Safety. The Nassau County Executive and District Attorney’s office embraced the shared concern for our teen drivers and the education needed around distracted driving.
The Walking Path is also a part of the American Heart Association’s callout to all Americans to make regular exercise part of their lives, and enhances County Executive Mangano’s Fit Nassau Initiative.
County Executive Mangano stated,“Along with financial, social, and workplace wellbeing, physical health is an important part of improving quality of life, and I am pleased with this opportunity to encourage our employees and guests to build fitness into their daily routines.”
The American Heart Association recommends 30 minutes of moderate exercise five times per week. A person is 1.5 to 2.4 times more likely to have coronary heart disease if he or she is inactive, but walking vigorously for 30 minutes per day can reduce high blood pressure and cholesterol, reducing the risk of heart disease and stroke. Studies show that some adults may gain as many as two hours of life expectancy for each hour of regular, vigorous physical activity, such as very brisk walking.
Additional facts about walking, resources about getting started, and a list of walking paths are available at www.startwalkingnow.org. The American Heart Association also offers a free Walking Path app for iPhone and Android phones.
About the American Heart Association
The American Heart Association (AHA) is the nation’s oldest and largest voluntary health organization dedicated to fighting heart disease and stroke. Their mission is to build healthier lives by preventing, treating and defeating these diseases – America’s No. 1 and No. 4 killers. AHA funds cutting-edge research, conducts lifesaving public and professional educational programs, and advocates to protect public health. To learn more or to join in helping all Americans, please call: 1-800-AHA-USA1 or visit www.heart.org.
About Fit Nassau
Nassau County provides several 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.
Currently, the fitness trails are located at three County parks:
North Shore: Christopher Morley Park
The one-mile fitness trail begins on the north side of the park entrance by Searington Road, heads east past the Dog Run and the woods before working its way past the baseball fields and playground and ending by the parking area overlooking the pond. http://nassaucountyny.gov/agencies/Parks/WhereToGo/active/morley.html
Central Nassau: Eisenhower Park
The two-mile fitness trail is located on the west side of Park Boulevard bisecting the park, with the first station located near the field house and playground by Parking Field No. 2 (near Hempstead Turnpike). From there, the trail winds north past the Aquatic Center and Lakeside Theatre and then heads south back toward the starting point. http://nassaucountyny.gov/agencies/Parks/WhereToGo/active/eisenhower.html
South Shore: Wantagh Park
The two-mile fitness trail begins by the entrance to the park and winds around the park before ending near the marina. http://nassaucountyny.gov/agencies/Parks/WhereToGo/active/wantagh.html
For more information about Fit Nassau please visit our website at: http://nassaucountyny.gov/fitnassau/.