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Ed Day, Rockland County Executive

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 2, 2018
Contact: John Lyon, Director of Strategic Communications (845) 638-5645
                 Patricia Schnabel Ruppert, D.O., M.P.H., CPE, DABFM, FAAFP (845) 364-2512

FREE WALKING PATH SIGNS AVAILABLE


NEW CITY, NY - -
Rockland County Executive Ed Day and County Health Commissioner Dr. Patricia Schnabel Ruppert inform residents that the Rockland County Department of Health has free indoor and outdoor walking path signs available, as supplies last, for use by communities interested in marking an existing walking path or creating a new one. 

The signs are 8 inches by 12 inches. The outdoor signs are metal; the indoor are heavy plastic. Poles and mounting supplies are not provided. Staff from the Health Department are available to assist in measuring a path.

  • Indoor signs encourage people to walk inside when conditions outside do not permit it or when going outdoors is not possible.
  • Outdoor signs installed on sidewalks, natural paths, or existing walking trails can help increase safety by guiding people through the correct routes, and can help pedestrians reach parks, schools, business districts, and other services more easily.

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According to the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention), despite research showing the health benefits of physical activity, most U.S. adults and children are not active enough. "We encourage community organizations, worksites, and municipalities to take advantage of these free signs. Having a marked indoor or outdoor walking path can improve health by encouraging people to exercise," said Dr. Ruppert.

Research has shown that walking a total of at least 150 minutes a week can help reduce the risk of serious diseases like heart disease, stroke, diabetes and cancer; improve blood pressure, blood sugar and blood cholesterol levels; increase energy and stamina; improve mental and emotional well-being; boost bone strength and reduce risk of osteoporosis; and prevent weight gain.

For more information about the free walking path signs and help in measuring a path, contact Agustina Lopez-Novillo at the Rockland County Department of Health at 845-364-3755.