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Mayor Bloomberg Wants New Yorkers to Make NYC Their Green Gym

Posted By Will Giron On June 6, 2011 @ 3:14 pm In Green Space,Health,News | No Comments

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Now that the spring is here and summer fast approaching, Mayor Bloomberg [1] wants you to get out and make NYC your own personal gym. The week-long “Make NYC Your Gym [2]” campaign kicked off Sunday, June 5 in an effort to encourage New Yorkers to exercise more using NYC’s diverse outdoors [3]. That’s about as green a gym as you can get!

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“New York City is a great place to get healthy and keep fit – anyone can make the parks, streets and sidewalks into their own personal gym,” Bloomberg said in a statement.

The campaign launched its own website [2] and Facebook [4] page detailing events and other fun activities such as a fitness challenge in West Harlem and a fitness festival in Washington Square Park. The campaign also encourages New Yorkers to form groups so people can get a chance to work out together. City officials suggest using public athletic facilities, the parks [3], and walking long distances as great exercise options.

In a city where many are marred with health problems [5], “nearly 30 percent of residents don’t engage in physical activity which contributes to heart disease, stroke, cancer and diabetes,” reported DNAinfo [6]. Although awareness campaigns have been made by the city to eliminate bad personal habits [7] and promote healthy eating [8], regular exercise is still needed in order to prevent disease, lose stress, and maintain physically fit.

In a city with runners [9] and bike lanes [10] all over, the “Make NYC Your Gym” campaign is a great way to encourage others to take up similar activities. What better way to have a green gym than to use the parks and streets of the concrete jungle?

Via DNAinfo [6]

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[1] Mayor Bloomberg: http://inhabitat.com/nyc/tag/mayor-bloomberg

[2] Make NYC Your Gym: http://www.nycgovparks.org/befitnyc

[3] outdoors: http://inhabitat.com/nyc/index.php?s=parks

[4] Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/befitnyc

[5] health problems: http://inhabitat.com/nyc/the-bronx-is-the-least-healthy-county-in-new-york-according-to-new-study/

[6] DNAinfo: http://www.dnainfo.com/20110605/murray-hill-gramercy/mayor-bloomberg-wants-new-yorkers-make-nyc-your-gym

[7] personal habits: http://inhabitat.com/nyc/smoking-is-now-illegal-in-new-york-city-parks-and-beaches/

[8] healthy eating: http://inhabitat.com/nyc/free-fruit-fridays-go-healthy-new-yorks-food-truck-offers-free-fresh-produce/

[9] runners: http://inhabitat.com/nyc/manhattan-community-board-backs-plan-to-remove-cars-from-central-park/

[10] bike lanes: http://inhabitat.com/nyc/hundreds-of-brooklyn-residents-show-support-for-controversial-bike-lane/

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