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Get Moving Herkimer & Oneida Counties Kicks Off at Studio 55


May 24, 2011


Photo: Oneida County Executive Tony Piecente congratulates participants for joining the Get Moving Herkimer and Oneida Counties program.


Photo: Joe Martin of Function Better outlines “Get Moving Herkimer and Oneida Counties” to the participants, including the three month free membership to Function Better in Herkimer and Yorkville.


Yorkville, NY – Over 70 employees from both Herkimer and Oneida Counties attended the Kick Off of “Get Moving Herkimer and Oneida Counties” at Function Better’s Studio 55 Elite Group Fitness Center. “Get Moving” is the latest initiative developed by the Herkimer-Oneida Regional Health Coalition.


It is estimated that New York State will spend approximately $9.9 billion on adult obesity-related problems in 2011, and in 2006, the estimated cost of healthcare and productivity loss of New Yorkers with diabetes was more than $12.8 trillion. In order to combat these statistics, the participants have already undergone a series of assessments including: height/weight, blood pressure, cholesterol levels, and diabetes and heart disease risk. At the Kick-Off, the participants were introduced to the program by Lisa Worden of the Oneida County Health Department, Oneida County Executive Tony Piecente, Executive Director Thomas Curnow of Herkimer County HealthNet and Joe Martin of Function Better. 


Participants received a free three month membership to Function Better facilities in Yorkville and Herkimer, a schedule of free Health Coaching and Group Fitness sessions and other resources to improve the participants’ nutrition and physical activity. After the 90 day program, participants will be reassessed, and those results will be compared to the pre-assessments.


Recognizing that every dollar spent in proven community based programs to increase physical activity, improve nutrition, and prevent smoking and other tobacco use results in a return of $5.60; all components of the program were generously donated from local organizations including, Faxton-St. Luke’s Healthcare, Function Better, Herkimer County HealthNet, Herkimer County, Rome Memorial Hospital, and Jim Raymer. 


Thomas Curnow, Executive Director
Herkimer County HealthNet, Inc.
315 867-1552


Lisa Worden, Program Analyst
Oneida County Department of Health
315 798-5508



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