Health research has shown that walkable communities positively affect the obesity level of populations. Therefore, St. Anthony Community Hospital, in partnership with the Village of Warwick and the Orange County Health Dept., identified a designated walking route within the Village and the Warwick Walks program was created.
On Wed. May 30, local officials including Town Supervisor Michael Sweeton and Mayor Michael Newhard, members of the Orange County Health Department and Warwick Valley Chamber of Commerce joined Dr. Mary Leahy, CEO of Bon Secours Charity Health System and COO Patrick Schmincke, along with other system administrators and hospital staff to celebrate the kick-off of Warwick Walks with a ribbon cutting ceremony.
Warwick Walks is a one-and-a-half mile walking loop that winds its way through the charming Village of Warwick, encouraging both residents and visitors to take a healthy stroll.
“We have a beautiful and walkable village,” said Mayor Newhard, who served as emcee for the occasion.
Dr. Leahy explained that as part of the hospital’s community health improvement plan, reducing obesity and obesity related chronic conditions are included in its list of priorities.
A Warwick Walks rack card that explains the program and has a map of the route, is available at St. Anthony Community Hospital, the Warwick Village Hall, and at other retail establishments in and around the Village. The Orange County Dept. of Health is also having signage created to help the community become familiar with the Warwick Walks route.