2007-08-29 / Seniors

Senior Spotlight

Offer Health & Fitness Program In 3 Queens Parks

Seniors throughout the city will have the opportunity to improve their health and fitness this fall by signing up for a six-week program being offered by the City Parks Foundation.

The fall 2007 season of the City Parks Seniors Fitness Program will be offered at three Queens locations- Astoria Park, Roy Wilkins

Park and Flushing Meadows- Corona Park-

from Monday, September 17 through Friday October 26. It will offer tennis lessons, yoga instruction and fitness walking. Seniors interested in registering for the program can call 718- 760-6999 or get more information at www.City Parks Foundation.org. All equipment and instruction will be offered free of charge.

David Rivel, executive director of the sponsoring organization, said, "Just like the City Parks Foundation's free sports, arts and education programs for youth, our seniors fitness program aims to keep neighborhood parks a great place for community activity. Especially in New York, the use of neighborhood parks is an excellent place for seniors to exercise and improve their health while meeting new friends and neighbors."

Pointing out the health benefits the fitness activities bring to seniors Dr. Eileen Callahan, assistant professor in the Geriatrics Department at Mount Sinai Medical School, said, "Even in moderate amounts, fitness activity is a great way for seniors to maintain and improve their health. Many health concerns, including diabetes, high blood pressure, arthritis, osteoporosis and possibly memory loss, can be improved with consistent physical activity."

The program schedule is as follows:

•Astoria Park tennis courts at 21st Street and Hoyt Avenue South: tennis on Mondays and Wednesdays at 10 a.m.; yoga Tuesdays and Thursdays at 9 a.m., and walking Mondays and Wednesdays at 9 a.m.

Flushing Meadows- Corona Park tennis courts on Meridian Road: tennis on Mondays and Thursdays at 10 a.m.; yoga at 9 a.m., also on Mondays and Thursdays, and walking at 9 a.m. on Tuesdays and Fridays.

Roy Wilkins Park tennis courts at Baisley Boulevard and 177th Street, Jamaica: tennis at 10 a.m. Tuesdays and Fridays yoga at 9 a.m. on Mondays and Wednesday.

INCREASE RIGHTS FOR DISABLED: Governor Eliot Spitzer has signed into law legislation which will significantly expand rights for disabled persons and make it easier for them to seek relief when public facilities fail to reasonably accommodate their disability.

In signing the bill, the governor declared: "It is critical that the state provide individuals with disabilities full and equal opportunities. This law takes a significant step towards a New York that removes barriers to the full enjoyment of the rights of all its citizens."

The new law makes it a discriminatory practice for places of public accommodation to refuse to make reasonable modifications in policies, practices or procedures necessary to afford privileges, advantages or accommodations to individuals with disabilities, unless making such modifications would fundamentally alter the nature of the facilities, privileges, advantages or accommodations.

The new law also makes it a discriminatory practice for places of public accommodation to refuse to remove structural, architectural or communication barriers in existing facilities, and transportation barriers in existing vehicles and rail passenger cars where removal is readily achievable.

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