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Town of Oyster Bay Supervisor John Venditto announced on Tuesday, Feb. 3 that the Town of Oyster Bay will be the first town on Long Island to develop an American Heart Association Start! Walking Path throughout the historic district of Oyster Bay Hamlet.

Supervisor Venditto said, "The Oyster Bay Town Board is proud to partner with the American Heart Association in encouraging residents to embark upon an active and healthier life. This path, which will be a little more than one mile in length, will provide a backdrop for healthy fitness activity. In addition, it will also become a destination for visitors interested in a walking tour of local historic points of interest."

Frank Ulrich, owner of Fitness Together, an Oyster Bay business, initiated conversation with the American Heart Association and the Town of Oyster Bay, to implement a fitness and well being program. With the tremendous support and commitment of Supervisor John Venditto and the Town of Oyster Bay, plans were immediately put into motion. Mr. Ulrich has offered his location as the official American Heart Association information center, providing brochures, nutritional information and educational seminars. The Oyster Bay Main Street Association enthusiastically became involved and the "Oyster Bay History Walk" became the perfect Start! Walk Path location.

Isaac Kremer, Oyster Bay Main Street executive director said, "We are excited about the opportunity for highlighting the unique history and cultural attractions in Oyster Bay. We have a site called the Oyster Bay History Walk of 30 sites that is available online at OBMS.org and there are u-tube views on each of them. So if people want to see and study them, they can click onto the site and see such places as Raynham Hall Museum, the Oyster Bay Railroad Museum and more."

Mr. Kremer added that there are also audio wands available at the Baykery Café at 124 South Street to enhance your walking through this historic hamlet.

The American Heart Association embraced the Town of Oyster Bay's proposal and were delighted that they will be the first town on Long Island to initiate the Start Walking Path and hopefully be the model for other municipalities and communities.

The American Heart Association statistics state that about 325,000 people a year die of coronary heart disease - nearly 900 Americans each day. This year about 1.2 million Americans will have a first or recurrent coronary attack. Coronary heart disease is the nation's single leading cause of death. Regular exercise helps to prevent heart attacks and strokes.

The Start! Walk Path will encourage Oyster Bay residents and visitors to begin a heart health walking regiment.

Dana Sydney, partner of Dayton and Sydney Wealth Strategies immediately became the Corporate Sponsor of this event. Mr. Sydney who had open heart surgery at the age of 29, dedicates his time, energy and corporate support to heart healthy awareness.

Invited to attend the opening press conference to announce the first "Start! Walk Path on Long Island in the Town of Oyster Bay were Supervisor John Venditto, elected officials; representatives of the American Heart Association; Frank Ulrich of Fitness Together; Dana Sydney of Dayton and Sydney Wealth Strategies, Fenton Maxwell of Kid Fitness; Isaac Kremer Oyster Bay Main Street Association executive director; Dennis Sneden, CEO, DSNYgroup; Town of Oyster Bay residents and distinguished guests.

The Start Walk program was designed to promote physical activity and heart healthy living in an environment that is fun for the whole family.

Start! is the American Heart Association's national initiative that calls on all Americans and their employers to create a culture of physical activity and health to live longer, heart-healthier lives through walking. Start! is sponsored nationally by SUBWAY Restaurants, Healthy Choice and AstraZeneca. For more information, call 1-800-AHA-USA1 or visit www.heart.org/start.


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