The launch of Wellness Week, an initiative designed to promote ways cities can help prevent noncommunicable diseases such as cancer, cardiovascular and respiratory diseases, and diabetes by creating environments that promote good nutrition, physical activity, and prevention of tobacco use and harmful use of alcohol.
Activities in New York will include interactive tables that focus on healthy living, a farmers’ market, demonstrations by local restaurants preparing healthy options, and a group warm-up session hosted by physical fitness expert Terri Kennedy.
Wellness Week is also being celebrated in cities throughout the Americas and in Spain.
Friday, 16 September 2011 from noon to 3 p.m.
Dr. Mirta Roses Periago, Director, Pan American Health Organization
Dr. Thomas Farley, New York City Health Commissioner
Lloyd Williams, CEO, Greater Harlem Chamber of Commerce
Dr. Jo Ivey Boufford, President, New York Academy of Medicine
Dr. Lisa Staiaco, President, the City College of New York
Dr. John Palmer, Chair, Healthy Eating Active Living Committee, Greater Harlem Chamber of Commerce
Commissioner Farley will present a proclamation to open Wellness Week on behalf of New York Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg.
This year, cities throughout the hemisphere will participate in Wellness Week—including New York City, Buenos Aires, Havana, Mexico City, Quito, and Asunción—with activities ranging from health walks and bike rides to healthy-food fairs.