The recreational opportunities in smaller cities are usually limited. People don’t have many options to enjoy a healthy lifestyle. Even less are the options that are given by the municipalities themselves.
However in Fd Edward, this is changing. A new program funded by the New York Health Department, with the code name CHP2LWP (Creating Healthy Places to Live, Work and Play) is promoting health within the small communities. The program focus is on making eating healthier and staying physically active much easier. It focuses on prevention and cutting tobacco out of our lives.
The first part of the project started in 2011 and was completed by October the same year were the “Complete streets”. Complete streets are streets that can be used by anyone – pedestrians, motor cyclers, cyclers, and drivers. The funds of the program covered street striping, crosswalk marking, and bike lane and street signage for two main streets. The idea is to make the street a safer place. To make it much easier to go to the shops, to cross the street and ride bicycle.
The second funding focused on park revitalization. The funding made it possible to promote physical exercises and activity for all members of the community regardless of age, abilities and sex. As more and more studies suggest that the physical activity among individuals very much depends on the readily available parks and recreational facilities. More opportunities for physical activity means better physical and mental shape, improved social well-being and stronger economy.
Having the opportunity to practice sport for free is simply amazing. With these efforts the department of health successfully fights obesity and related chronic diseases. Studies show that even the smallest change in personal activity strongly correlates with reduced heart diseases. It is a win-win situation for all as Americans are taking a huge step towards being healthier and happier, and it means less burden on the health system.
Below is the map of the free recreational opportunities that you can find in Fort Edward, NY:
Full map is here (PDF file): Fort Edward Recreational MAP
In the fall of 2011 the program funded 7 workout stations around the city (shown on the map as Adult Exercise park) to form a new fitness trail around the pond on McIntyre Street. All you need is just a pair of sneakers – good crossfit shoes like these will do and a comfortable tracksuit and you can start exercising.
- Take a good look at the map and decide which of the new opportunities is for you
- Be prepared – don’t go out in your office suit or in your pajamas. Commit to exercising even before you head out of the door – put on your workout clothes.
- Bring bottled water – dehydration is a silent enemy, especially at an older age
- Have fun and enjoy the experience!