2006-02-24 / Community

Addabbo Hosts ‘Rockaway Lite’n Up’Program To Make Rockaway Thinner

Residents of the Rockaways showed they are ready to combat obesity in

Registrants of the “Lite’n Up Rockaways” program practice their exercise techniques, with George Hulse, Healthfirst Vice President of External Affairs, and led by Marilyn Waters, Community Educator with the Cornell University Cooperative Extension. Registrants of the “Lite’n Up Rockaways” program practice their exercise techniques, with George Hulse, Healthfirst Vice President of External Affairs, and led by Marilyn Waters, Community Educator with the Cornell University Cooperative Extension. their community by joining a free,

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.

Dr. Peter Nelson, Director of the Joseph P. Addabbo Family Health Center Inc. (center), is joined by “Lite’n Up Rockaways” participants; and program partners, including Fran Leon, Healthfirst Regional Vice President of Sales; Hulse (bottom); Jennifer O’Neill, Cornell University Cooperative Extension and Regional Coordinator; and Marilyn Waters-Courtney, Community Educator (right). Dr. Peter Nelson, Director of the Joseph P. Addabbo Family Health Center Inc. (center), is joined by “Lite’n Up Rockaways” participants; and program partners, including Fran Leon, Healthfirst Regional Vice President of Sales; Hulse (bottom); Jennifer O’Neill, Cornell University Cooperative Extension and Regional Coordinator; and Marilyn Waters-Courtney, Community Educator (right). 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.

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