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MEDIA ADVISORY - Great American Weigh In

BINGHAMTON, NY - For the second year in a row the Steps to a Healthier NY Healthy Weight Coalition is teaming up with the American Cancer Society and Weight Watchers to promote the Great American Weigh In. The goals of the Healthy Weight Coalition are to: heighten awareness on how excess weight and an elevated Body Mass Index (BMI) can increase an individual's risk for several chronic diseases, promote healthy behaviors, and link individuals with community organizations and programs that reinforce positive behaviors that can lead to a healthy weight and BMI. Weigh-ins and information about BMI are free and without obligation. Media will have an opportunity to conduct interviews with coalition members and the public.

WHAT: Great American Weight In

WHEN: Saturday, March 5, 2005
10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

WHERE: In front of J.C. Penney, Oakdale Mall
Johnson City, NY

WHO: Open to the public and the media

EVENT HIGHLIGHTS: Weight Measurements
Body Mass Index (BMI) Calculations
New Wheelchair Scale
Resources to Promote Good Nutrition and Physical Activity

Participating organizations and programs: American Cancer Society; Weight Watchers International; United Health Services (UHS): Internal Medicine Residency Program, Stay Healthy Center, Weight Management with Tobacco Cessation, BC WALKS, Diabetes Education Center, Behavioral Services, Physical Therapy, and Dietician Services; United Medical Associates (UMA); Broome County Health Department - Steps to a HealthierNY initiative; Broome County Executive, Barbara Fiala; Rural Health Network of South Central New York; Mental Health Association of the Southern Tier; Southern Tier Independence Center; Oakdale Mall, Binghamton Mets; YMCA of Broome County.