Day Four of New York's Activ8Kids! Promotional Bike Ride and School Recognition Cancelled Due to Inclement Weather

Roberts Street Middle School and Southside Elementary in Canastota Closed Today

Albany, NY, September 29, 2005 - School events scheduled for today in Canastota as part of the New York State Department of Health's five-day Activ8Kids! Promotional Bike Ride and School Recognition Tour were cancelled due to inclement weather, which included high winds and rain. The State's Activ8Kids! ambassadors were to host today's events at the Roberts Street Middle School and the Southside Elementary School as part of the State's 360-mile promotional tour from Buffalo to Albany to promote healthy lifestyles among children.

The Activ8Kids! promotional tour will pick up at Rosendale Elementary School in Niskayuna beginning at 8:30 A.M. tomorrow and conclude at the Empire State Plaza in Albany at 1:00 P.M. The Department provided the schools with Activ8Kids! promotional materials to help promote this youth obesity prevention campaign.

New York's Activ8Kids! campaign, developed by Governor George E. Pataki and the State Department of Health, promotes the consumption of at least five (5) fruits and vegetables; participation in at least one hour (1) of physical activity; and no more than two (2) hours of screen-time by children each day.

"The goal of the Activ8Kids! Promotional Bike Ride and School Recognition Tour is to bring home the Activ8kids! message to children and families throughout New York," State Health Commissioner Antonia C. Novello, M.D., M.P.H., Dr.P.H. said. "Activ8Kids! is a program children can enjoy and follow easily to increase physical activity, as well as eat more fruits and vegetables. We are encouraging parents, schools and the community to develop events and programs that will energize children and get them involved in the decisions that will help them manage their lifestyles and health."

From an educational and historical perspective, New York's Erie Canal system will be highlighted during the Activ8Kids! Promotional Bike Ride and School Recognition Tour. The tour will follow New York's Erie Canal trail, with events scheduled at schools in Buffalo, Victor, Auburn, Canastota, and Niskayuna, with the final event culminating in Albany.

The Department's promotional tour is being coordinated with the following New York State agencies: the Department of Agriculture and Markets; the Office of Tourism; the Department of Education; the Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation; the Department of Transportation; and the Canal Corporation.

The following schools are part of the tour to promote the State's Activ8Kids! campaign and the New York's historic Erie Canal:

  • September 26:
  • September 27:
  • September 28:
  • September 29:
  • September 30:
  • September 30:

Governor George E. Pataki is encouraging all schools throughout New York State to join in the Activ8Kids! campaign by creating opportunities for students to engage in additional physical activities. Participating schools in the Activ8Kids! campaign will receive a special recognition certificate from the Governor and will be featured on the Department's web site: www.health.ny.gov.