2007-06-08 / Community

Rockaway Walks For Healthier Tomorrows

Photos and Story by Miriam Rosenberg

PR representatives Penny Chin of SJEH, left, and Liz Sulik of PHC, right, work together during the first weigh-in of Rockaway Walks. PR representatives Penny Chin of SJEH, left, and Liz Sulik of PHC, right, work together during the first weigh-in of Rockaway Walks. Dozens of Rockaway residents put foot to the ground last Saturday in the kickoff event for the new health initiative Rockaway Walks. The June 2 event was the official start to a campaign to get Rockawayites to slim down and live healthier lives. The large group walked 28 blocks - from Beach 11 Street to Beach 25 Street and back.

In addition to bi-monthly weigh-ins and walks on the boardwalk, there will be workshops at St. John's Episcopal Hospital. City Councilman James Sanders Jr. sponsors Rockaway Walks in collaboration with St. John's Episcopal Hospital, Addabbo Family Health Center, JMB Nursing Services, Peninsula Hospital Center and Rockaway Development and Revitalization Corporation's Beacon School.

Sanders and his district manager, Donovan Richards give pre-walk pep talks. Richards, who put together Rockaway Walks, said "We're here to walk to take a step forward to live a little longer." Sanders and his district manager, Donovan Richards give pre-walk pep talks. Richards, who put together Rockaway Walks, said "We're here to walk to take a step forward to live a little longer." Richards, Sanders, Chin and the Addabbo Family Health Center's community relations director Zandra Meyers are among those leading off the walk. Richards, Sanders, Chin and the Addabbo Family Health Center's community relations director Zandra Meyers are among those leading off the walk. Members of SJEH's imaging department's Biggest Loser Club pose for a photo. Members of SJEH's imaging department's Biggest Loser Club pose for a photo. The Long Island Chapter of Chi Eta Phi Sorority provided free blood pressure screening for those who attended the walk. The Long Island Chapter of Chi Eta Phi Sorority provided free blood pressure screening for those who attended the walk. A reporter from NY1 interviews Sanders and Chin about the event. A reporter from NY1 interviews Sanders and Chin about the event. The Explorers from the 101 Precinct carry their banner proudly as they participate in the walk. The Explorers from the 101 Precinct carry their banner proudly as they participate in the walk. Everyone was given a light breakfast with the choice of fruit, muffins and yogurt. Everyone was given a light breakfast with the choice of fruit, muffins and yogurt. The promenade on Beach 15 Street is filled with people walking for healthier lives. The promenade on Beach 15 Street is filled with people walking for healthier lives. Walkers take part in pre-walk warm-up exercises. Walkers take part in pre-walk warm-up exercises.

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