New York's Activ8Kids! Campaign Kicks off Five-Day, Five-City Promotional Bike Ride and School Recognition Tour in Bay Shore

Event Held at Fifth Avenue School in Bay Shore

ALBANY, NY, September 25, 2006 - The New York State Department of Health today kicked off a five-day, five-city Activ8Kids! Promotional Bike Ride and School Recognition Tour in Bay Shore, Long Island. As part of the tour, volunteer bicyclists serving as Activ8Kids! ambassadors will visit five schools from Bay Shore to Albany on their 275-mile tour from Long Island to New York City and up the Hudson Valley this week to promote healthy lifestyles among children. The bike tour will conclude at North Albany Academy in Albany on Friday, September 29th at 12:00 p.m.

The Activ8Kids! Riding Team visited Fifth Avenue School in Bay Shore, Long Island today during the first leg of their Recognition Tour to recognize and honor some of the schools that "got it right", by implementing healthy policies and programs to promote a healthy lifestyle. The ambassadors shared the Activ8Kids! message with the children to encourage good eating habits and increased physical activity to maintain their health.

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

The following schools are part of the tour to promote the State's Activ8Kids! campaign:

  • September 25: Fifth Avenue School, Bay Shore
  • September 26: Harriet Tubman Learning Center, New York City
  • September 27: West Haverstraw Elementary, West Haverstraw
  • September 28: Hyde Park Elementary School, Hyde Park
  • September 29: North Albany Academy, Albany

Governor George E. Pataki is encouraging all elementary 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 State Health Commissioner Novello and will be featured on the Department's web site: www.health.ny.gov.