Addabbo Hosts ‘Rockaway Lite’n Up’Program To Make Rockaway Thinner
Residents of the Rockaways showed they are ready to combat obesity in
yearlong weight loss program entitled “Lite’n Up Rockaways.” The kick-off event began with a weigh-in and registration on Friday,
February 10, at the Joseph P. Addabbo
Family Health Center, 67-10 Rockaway
Beach Boulevard in Arverne.
Lite’n Up Rockaways, organized by
the New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA), the Joseph P. Addabbo
Family Health Center and Healthfirst,
aims to help residents shed pounds and develop a better lifestyle through healthy eating and exercise. Also participating
in the program are Weight Watchers and the Cornell Cooperative Extension, which will provide nutrition and cooking counseling.
“When the New York City Department of Health classified the Rockaways as one of the heaviest communities in New York, we realized we were a community at risk and needed to work together to overcome this health crisis,” says J.R. Peter Nelson, Ph.D., Executive Director at the Joseph P. Addabbo Family Health Center. “Lite’n Up Rockaways is aimed at helping overweight adults and children. Obesity is often associated with health problems like diabetes and heart disease. Obese children face potential health risks for their entire lives. We want to make changes now to improve the health and well-being of our residents,” says Dr. Nelson.
The program awards monthly prizes based on percentage of weight lost per month. The contest is open to people of all ages. Registration is free and ongoing. Participants can weigh in on the last Friday of each month for twelve months. For more information or to learn how to register, please contact Rachel Williams at (718) 327-8306.