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City of Everett, MA
Friday August 13th, 2010 :: 10:02 a.m. EDT


News from the City of Everett NO EXCUSE NOT TO BE HEALTHY

News from the City of Everett


Trying to keep up with all the activities in Everett is exercise in itself, and this year proves to be more energizing than last. Mayor Carlo DeMaria Jr. recently announced a series of new health initatives that benefit residents, young and old, and City employees. As part of the Energize Everett campaign the Mayor is on a mission to give residents little excuse to exercise.

The “Get Everett Walking” group meets every Wednesday at 7pm. This organized group of walks around the city starts at locations listed in the Everett Walk and Talks Walking Route Guidebooks. The books offer total miles walked as well as historical information along the route. As part of the Energize Everett campaign, the group also promotes a “Walkability Assessment,” a tool to gain more community involvement in promoting safe walking routes and improving the condition of streets and sidewalks.

The group is meeting every Wednesday until September 8th. For more information call Kathleen O’Brien, Energize Everett Coordinator at 617-389-3365, or e-mail:

On another note, if you prefer a quick run on an elliptical machine, treadmill, or riding a stationary bike, the City will offer free access to exercise machines at the Old Everett High School Field House. The City and the Everett School Department were awarded a U.S. Department of Education Physical Education Program (PEP) Grant earlier this year, where the city received brand new exercise equipment designated for free public use.

The equipment, which includes: stationary bikes, elliptical machines, treadmills and rowing machines, were delivered in early July. City Services, and the Recreation Department cleaned the old weight room in the Field House to make way for the city’s first cardio training room. Starting this Thursday, August 12th, any resident 18 years of age or older can sign up to use the equipment. The Cardio Room will be open to the public on Tuesday’s and Thursday’s from 5:00p.m. to 7:00p.m. The Recreation Department will develop an expanded schedule in the fall to accommodate more users.

Mayor Carlo DeMaria Jr. commented on the two programs recently, noting “it’s more important now to get people moving, to keep people healthy. These two programs alone give people a chance to meet and talk with their neighbors, while also getting in some great exercise.” The Mayor is an advocate for healthier living, noting the importance of Energize Everett, “overall, if we live healthier lives, eating healthy, exercising, not smoking and visiting the doctor regularly” said Mayor DeMaria, “we’ll have less visits to the emergency room, less instances of diabetes, heart attacks and cancer. Studies show that the more active we are the less likely we are to be depressed, which means less alcohol and drug use, this is a great opportunity to have a large impact – socially, economically, and physically.”

To that end, Mayor DeMaria is also hoping City Employees will take advantage of a new program to keep healthy. The Mayor recently arranged for all active City Employees, including teachers, to receive a free membership to Gold’s Gym in Medford. “I think we need to lead the city by example, “ states Mayor DeMaria, “if our city employees are healthy and promote a healthy lifestyle then I believe we can motivate others to do the same.” The Mayor also noted the potential savings to taxpayers, where offering and encouraging a healthy lifestyle opportunities, employees will save on health insurance costs, which will decrease the city’s health insurance commitment. “We have to try every avenue available,” said Mayor DeMaria, “this is a fun, healthy way to get everyone active, and hopefully it will be a great return on investment.”

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