2010-09-17 / Community

Rockaway Walks Program Ends Summer Season

Steven McCartney, Rockaway Walks coordinator (L) with Glenda Smith-Bey, whose 100% attendance won her a Modells gift certificate and a Citation from Councilman James Sanders Jr Chief of Staff, Donovan Richards (r). Steven McCartney, Rockaway Walks coordinator (L) with Glenda Smith-Bey, whose 100% attendance won her a Modells gift certificate and a Citation from Councilman James Sanders Jr Chief of Staff, Donovan Richards (r). Councilman James Sanders Jr. and Rockaway residents have successfully shed pounds for the 4th Annual Rockaway Walks program, which came to an end on Saturday, August 28.

Rockaway Walks was founded four years ago in response to climbing obesity and diabetes rates in the Rockaways. The health initiative notably aided several participants in shedding pounds.

“Not only did we walk this year to lose weight and get in shape, but also to celebrate life, be outside, and enjoy the beautiful summer weather,” said Councilman Sanders.

This year, as in the past years, Steven C. McCartney (Fitness Instructor/ coordinator) led participants in warm up exercises prior to the walk.

Mary Lockhart gets final weigh-in. She went to 168 lbs from 183 lbs in 8 weeks. Mary Lockhart gets final weigh-in. She went to 168 lbs from 183 lbs in 8 weeks. As with past years, the summer program is sponsored and funded by City Councilman James Sanders Jr.

“I would like to thank Councilman Sanders Jr. for his support of our community,” McCartney said, adding that the theme for this year’s program was a focus on First Lady Michelle Obama’s “Let’s Move campaign against obesity.”

That program says eat fewer unhealthy food choices and move more in activities you can enjoy.

The program was also, aligned with the state’s learning standards for physical education, reflection, literacy and differential learning; teaching lifelong learning skills”, said McCartney.

Some of the sponsors for Rockaway Walks 2010 included Modell’s Sporting Goods (Inwood), Stop N Shop, Affinity Health Plan, Peninsula Hospital, St. Johns Episcopal Hospital, DEP, State Senator Joseph Addabbo, York College, Office Max, Dr. Camille Philippe M.D., and NYC Parks Department.

Participants of Rockaway Walks fourth Season wave at the camera. Participants of Rockaway Walks fourth Season wave at the camera. Participants of Rockaway Walks included Glenda Smith-Bey, Brian Jackson, Tara Tucker, Carmelita Brazzier, Caroline Tucker, Pearl Spears, Vivian Smith, Adebusola Ajinndi, Alexis small, Akua Bunsu, Anne foster, Barbara Smith, Bernadette Desmall, Betty Zecadra, Carmen Alverez, Carmelita Brazzier, Cislyn Barnet, Claudette Lloyd, Cynthia Freeman, Daphnee Devere, Dashanna Jennings, Diane Anderson, Dianne Moore, Dora Frinpong, Dorothy Sloan, Donna Terrell, Earlene Glen, Edie Mosley, Erma Palmisano, Erminia Small, Fultoon Staley, Heather Martinez, Janice Jackson, Loretta Martin, Jewel Jones,Jennifer Williams, Joan Ramos,Karin Brown,Karen Fausett, Kathy Rashid, Kaymona Bernard, Leret Denton, Mary Lockhart, Marva Gamble, Mary Moorer, Mariam Rivera, Ona Natter, Patricia Lally, Khanbaj Lobo, Samuel Nkansah, Tara Tucker, Valerie West, Victoria Zuate, Winifred Frinpong, Zina Nabeyert.

“I urge all to come out next summer to participate in this terrific program, and fight to live a longer, healthier life,” Sanders concluded.

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