The Ballston Spa Walk for Health Challenge came to an end today, but the new and improved healthy lifestyles that challenge participants now have will hopefully continue. Assemblyman Jim Tedisco (R,C,I-Schenectady-Saratoga) and Mayor John Romano today celebrated the challenge’s completion with a wellness fair in Ballston Spa’s Wiswall Park.
"We’re adding up all of the miles walked," said Tedisco. "At the beginning of the challenge I told participants that if we could walk enough miles to get to California then we could all take a vacation. I have good news. We made it to California and are well on our way back home."
The villagers of Ballston Spa walked 5,747 miles during an eight-week period. Participants ranged in age from 5 to 75. The one thing they all had in common was their shared awareness about being healthy.
A 75-year-old resident set a goal of walking 200 miles before the challenge end. She wrote a letter to Tedisco and Romano thanking them for the challenge and also for their efforts to build the new walking trail in Ballston Spa.
The challenge ended with a wellness fair for residents and challenge participants. Fair presenters included the Ballston Spa Community Emergency Corps, Piper Lutbank Chair Massage Associates, Red Dragon Karate School, Saratoga Care, Saratoga Public Health, Saratoga Wellness Center and Saratoga YMCA.
Red Dragon Karate School gave a demonstration on self-defense for adults and children while the Saratoga YMCA ran physical fitness activities for children.
"I thank the residents who joined the mayor and me in our walking challenge," said Tedisco. "I’m also very appreciative of the challenge’s sponsors. They helped bring people together so we could learn how to lead healthier lifestyles."
Challenge co-sponsors were Ballston Spa National Bank, McDonald’s and Saratoga on the Move. Tedisco also thanked the many local businesses that donated prizes for a raffle held for walkers, including the Ballston Spa Business and Professional Association, Bellini’s Restaurant, Brookside Saratoga County Historical Society, Mangino Pontiac-Buick, Medberry Inn and Spa, New York Development Group, Spa Dental PC, Spa Properties Group LLC, Department of Environmental Conservation Acting Commissioner Denise Sheehan and her husband, Michael Miller. Stewart’s Shops donated water for the event.