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The suspicious forecast yielded to perfect walking weather for the second of four walks of the pilot program. We focused on the intertwined topics of obesity and nutrition. The pre-walk lesson covered what obesity means, the health risks of obesity, and finally ways to prevent obesity. These suggestions ranged from increasing physical activity to cutting down on sugary drinks. And we put them into action! On the 2 mile walk we passed out green water bottles to fill up with NYC tap water and enjoyed walking along the Harlem Meer in Central Park and stopping in the Conservatory Garden.
On the walk back we had the special pleasure of a personalized tour of the Herb Garden, one of East Harlem’s numerous community gardens. Our co-leader, Perry Sheffield, happens to work closely with that particular garden and told our families all about the opportunities for visiting and using the garden. Perry’s family pitched in to prep the garden for our arrival and we enjoyed our apples and bananas among the garden beds waiting for the new growing season to replenish the bounty! To complete the cycle, we composted the banana peels and apple cores on the spot!
We finished up at the Jefferson Playground recreation center to let families know about the summer swimming lessons available. All in all, another fantastic day walking East Harlem!
See our walk map below to reminisce or vicariously experience the walk.
Date: May 10, 2014
Calories: about 300*
Time: about 2.5 hours
Co-leaders: Linnie Bendor-Grynbaum, Cappy Collins, Maida Galvez, Ali Mencin, Perry Sheffield
With special thanks to Andrew Suseno and Bunny Sheffield
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