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Mangano Announces Girl Scouts Of Nassau County “Girls Go The Distance” Walkathon & Activity Fair

Walking Toward a More Healthy Lifestyle

Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano today announced that the Girl Scouts of Nassau County will be holding their Girls Go the Distance Walkathon and Activity Fair on Earth Day, Sunday, April 22nd at the Old Bethpage Village Restoration. Registration begins at 9:30 a.m. and the Walkathon begins at 11:30 a.m. Program vendors from all over the area will have hands on activities to engage participants in learning about a variety of ways to live healthy! The fair will run from 9:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. In addition, there will be a barbeque provided by The Meat House.

“Health education is an important focus for young women and I am pleased to support the Girl Scouts of Nassau County in bringing such an important issue to light at this year’s Walkathon and Activity Fair,” said County Executive Mangano. “The leadership of women in healthcare, business and government is growing and this event is something I am honored to formally recognize during the Girl Scouts’ 100th anniversary celebrations.”

The Girls Go the Distance Walkathon and Activity Fair is a fun and interactive two mile walk and activity fair centered on the theme of Healthy Living. Everyone will be able to participate in exciting games, activities and projects on Walk Day. Registered Girl Scout Troops will have the opportunity to earn a “give back” for their own Healthy Living projects.

Some of the exciting activities and vendors include: Long Island Children's Museum, Ripley's Believe It or Not Museum, Walt Whitman Birthplace State Historic Site, Femcho*, Garden City Lanes/AMF Bowling, Zumba by Tracy, American Guitar Museum, Oh My Girls!, The Tiny Artist, Old Westbury Gardens, Cabot Creamery, Lil Chefs, Training Station Athletic Club, Hula Hooping with Ramona, Face Painting, Martial Arts, and Flower Making forVolunteer AppreciationDay.

All funds generated from Girls Go the Distance benefit Girl Scouts of Nassau County’s Healthy Living Initiatives program. Healthy Living Initiatives brings a unique perspective to keeping girls healthy. Girls today define health in their own terms, placing as much emphasis on emotional and social well-being as physical health, nutrition and physical fitness. In addition to healthy eating and physical fitness, the Healthy Living Initiatives also focuses on increasing girls’ self-esteem and developing healthy relationships. These programs provide girls with the courage, confidence, and character to not only make the world a better place, but their own lives more healthful and balanced

Funding is needed to help GSNC develop and provide engaging activities that inspire girls to learn how to integrate all aspects of healthy living into their daily lives. Examples of Healthy Living programming include the Seal Watch Walk, My Best Self, Critical Issues, “Girl Speak” Survival Challenge, The Girl Scout Garden and much more. All Healthy Living Programs are marked with the Healthy Living Symbol on gsnc.org. In order for girls to live healthy, they first have to learn how, and have fun doing it. GSNC is making a commitment to our girls’ health, but it is your help that makes it possible.

About Old Bethpage Village Restoration

Old Bethpage Village Restoration provides visitors with a unique and wonderful opportunity to step back in time and experience life in a recreated mid-19th-century American village. The 209-acre village includes an assortment of homes, farms and businesses. Each fall, the village hosts the Long Island Fair, a traditional county agricultural fair that draws tens of thousands of visitors, and through most of the year the village supports a steady series of family-friendly events and exhibits, including old-time “baseball” tournaments. Old Bethpage Village Restoration (OBVR) came into existence in 1963, when Nassau County acquired the Powell property, a 165-acre farm located on the Nassau-Suffolk border. The acquisition of the land and the plan to develop a historic restoration were timely, as rapid post-World War II development on Long Island had taken a toll on the area's landmarks.