An initiative designed to “make Lackawanna healthy,” reduce obesity, control blood pressure and other vitals, and promote a wellness way of life was unveiled today (May 14) by the Lackawanna County Commissioners.
Commissioners Jim Wansacz, Patrick M. O’Malley and Edward G. Staback explained that this “Fit And Fun Healthy Lackawanna” program will be combined with the County’s popular Family Fun Day series and focus on a variety of recreational activities, physical fitness and exercise routines that will cater to people from ages eight to eighty.
“This is a great initiative for the 214,000 residents of Lackawanna County. We have some great partners involved and they are all focused on one main goal – helping everyone to live longer by doing some type of exercise and making small overall wellness changes that make a big impact,” explained Commissioner Jim Wansacz. “Our parks are the perfect venues because of the excellent sports fields, courts and greenspace. Having our area health care organizations offer a variety of programs ranging from smoking cessation to nutrition counseling will also help to improve our citizens’ overall health.”
“This health program is about making positive change in people’s lives,” said Commissioner Patrick M. O’Malley, who is spearheading the venture. “It’s about being conscious about the toll obesity, smoking and alcohol can take on your system. We want to change people’s mindset and have them take small steps with the exercise activities that they like.”
“The main goal of this program is to alert our residents to the programs and services that are available in Lackawanna County to help combat various health issues before they escalate into larger problems,” noted Commissioner Edward G. Staback. “I am proof that we have excellent medical professionals here who can help with a variety of specialties to put you on the road to good health.”
This free program will be offered on the following dates at County parks from 11 AM to 2 PM: McDade Park, June 27; Covington Park, July 11; Aylesworth Park, July 25; and Merli-Sarnoski Park, August 8.
The fitness activities offered will be administered by fitness professionals and other individuals who are involved in wellness programs.
Residents will be able to try such age appropriate activities as aerobics, tai chi, yoga, running and dance to gauge if it works for them as part of their fitness regimen. The point of this “exercise sampling” is to continue the activities at several spas, gyms or fitness centers in our community.
Physicians and representatives from local health care organizations, such as The Wright Center for Primary Care and Geisinger Health System will be providing free blood pressure screenings, tobacco cessation information and nutritional resources and promoting other health-focused initiatives at the events.
There will be a variety of games, activities and exercise opportunities for those who attend. McDade Park also offers families the opportunity to inspect the coal mine tour and anthracite museum.
Links to various wellness programs and services, practitioners, and general resource information will be available on the County’s website www.lackawannacounty.org.