Synchronized Walking Noted At York College Research Fair
“This is an exciting time to strive and stay physically active across ones lifespan,” states Steven C. McCartney, a fitness expert and York College student who recently received his master’s degree in the area.
McCartney was demonstrating his program of synchronized walking at a Research fair held at the college recently, but he has long been involved with St. John’s Episcopal Hospital in Far Rockaway and its “Rockaway Walks” program. The Rockaway walks program, led by McCartney and City Councilman James Sanders Jr., takes place each Saturday morning on the Boardwalk. bdginning at the SJEH flagpole.
McCartney says that synchronized walking was first introduced to the York College Continuing Education program in 2010 and 2011.
“Walking For Fitness” is a 10-week moderately intense aerobic endurance activity which combines the best practices for nutrition, health, fitness and wellness.
Working with Dr. Chirco and Dr. Werber, McCartney says that he feels a study needs to be conducted to look at the validity and reliability in designing a Synchronized Walk and planned behavior protocol that could be a screening tool for disease prevention, rehabilitation and physiological response (heart rhythms, gait, balance, coordination, and reaction time).
McCartney advocates for the study while promoting the guidelines of Physical Activity and Health: A Report of Surgeon General, Healthy People 2020, NIH Consensus Conference on Physical Activity and Cardiovascular Health, American Heart Association, CDC/ American College of Sport Medicine 30 minute physical activity recommendation, dietary guidelines for the nation.
He says that his goal is to continue his research at the doctoral level to look at effective levels of physical fitness and improvements, locomotors skills, specific movement related to sport and activity of daily living plus mental readiness.
“The objective is to engage people young and old to meet the 30 minute moderate physical activity recommendation, clarify confusion about time and intensity of physical activity, provide access to a safe and well-supervised program, and increase health education in schools,” McCartney says.
He points out that the York College School of Health and Behavioral Sciences, in collaboration with St. John’s Episcopal Hospital (sponsor), needs people between the ages of 18 and 30 to learn more about the effects of “Synchronized Walking” and staying physically active.