Albany walking tour combines health and history

Posted at: 08/30/2013 4:37 PM | Updated at: 08/30/2013 5:25 PM
By: Abigail Bleck

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ALBANY -- You'll find the brand new, green signs posted in four Albany neighborhoods: Arbor Hill, West Hill, the Lark Street area and Sheridan Hollow.

"They're all over Albany. Lark street, Clinton Ave and Livingston. I ride past 'em a lot," says Arbor Hill Resident Freddie Melton.

The goal, however, is to get residents out of their cars and on to the sidewalk.  The signs lead you on a walking tour through the city and on them residents will find health advice.  The tips include ways to ward off or better manage Diabetes and Heart Disease, how to get the most from a cardio workout and facts about good nutrition.

"We want to promote physical activity in underserved communities.  There is a high level of health disparity in our community," explains Madeline Kennedy, a coordinator with Healthy Hearts on the Hill.

If you follow the two paths, each about a mile and a half, you'll also train your brain.  Because alternating with the physical advice you'll also learn more about Albany's past.  Underground Rail Road sites are noted as historic churches.

"We want to invest in these communities and help people feel connected to the community they live in because there is so much rich history in Albany," adds Kennedy.

Highlighting the good in neighborhoods--to benefit both residents and visitors--is a start for an urban area working to head down the right path.



"It's a positive thing for people to read 'em," laughs Melton.

The official kick-off for the Healthy Hearts Walking Path is scheduled for September 22 from 2p-5p at the First Israel AME Church on Hamilton Street.



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