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   PO 360
   Trenton, NJ 08625-0360

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  September 23, 2002


Clifton R. Lacy, M.D.

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Donna Leusner
(609) 984-7160

Live Long, Live Well Walking Program Kicks-off
Initiative Encourages Older Adults to Take Steps to Better Health & Fitness

LINCROFT -Following the opening ceremonies of the 16th Annual New Jersey Senior Olympics, more than 100 athletes took part in a one-mile walk to kickoff a new state program that encourages older adults to walk their way to better health and improved physical fitness.

The Live Long, Live Well Walking Program, a New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services' wellness initiative, helps state residents age fifty and older to begin and continue a walking regimen of 30 minutes most days of the week.

"Walking is one of the best ways for people of any age to become and stay fit," said Health and Senior Services Commissioner Clifton R. Lacy, M.D. "By walking for just a half hour, four or five times a week, older adults can make major strides toward preventing diseases such as obesity, heart disease, diabetes, stroke, osteoporosis and osteoarthritis."

Dr. Lacy noted that the National Academies' Institute of Medicine recently recommended that in addition to a well-balanced diet, adults and children should spend a total of one hour each day in moderately intense physical activity, double the daily goal set by a Surgeon General report issued in the mid-1990s.

Live Long, Live Well participants receive a free walker's logbook with helpful hints to make walking a safe, fun and beneficial experience. Participants can walk alone, with a friend or with a group, and each walker gradually works up to walking the equivalent of two miles per day, four days a week. Participants track their progress in the logbook and those who walk regularly for 12 consecutive weeks receive a Live Long, Live Well Walking Program Certificate of Achievement.

"Inactivity is a significant public health threat in this country that cuts across all generations," said Dr. Lacy. "We are hopeful that, during the next year, through the Live Long, Live Well Walking Program, more than 5,000 New Jersey seniors will become more active, healthy and physically fit."

Older adults, local walking clubs and other interested individuals and groups wishing to learn more about the Live Long, Live Well Walking Program and obtain free copies of the walker's logbook are encouraged to call 609-943-3498 or e-mail , visit the department's webpage at

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