Roosevelt Island Daily - May 3, 2017
"In less than ten months residency managing the RI Senior Center, the Carter Burden Network has breathed new life into old programs and brought in lively new activities. Health & Wellness Day, on the calendar for May 11th, takes the contributions one step farther, opening up resources for other ages as well as for seniors.
h the event will be held at the Senior Center, "It's open to everyone, any age," says Hallie Shapiro, CBN's Director of Outreach and Community Engagement.
As with all CBN programs, the fair is free to anyone answering the invitation to come in.
With sponsorship from FreedomCare, Shapiro rounded up health and wellness resources and supplemented them by recruiting elected officials, Rebecca Seawright, Ben Kallos, José Serrano Jr. and Carolyn Maloney, who will send representatives to listen and assist.
FreedomCare's core belief, "People have a fundamental human right to be taken care of by those they are familiar with, trust, and who genuinely care about them," corresponds to the Carter Burden Network's mission.
Shapiro sat behind the desk in her small, well-organized office and counted groups confirmed to attend Health & Wellness Day, tapping with a pencil on a sheet of paper. "...twenty-five," she said, finally.
Then, "Excuse me for a second. I need to make sure Coler is coming."
Inclusiveness is a CBN hallmark, an example other Island organizations would be well-advised follow.
And, yes, as Shapiro later confirmed, our neighbors from Coler will be at the fair to meet residents. Also attending will be Roosevelt Island Urgent Care.
"We are honored and privileged to be here on this magnificent Island. Our promise to you is that just as you have welcomed us to your Island, we promise to be here for you," declared RIUC's Jack Landau.
Light refreshments and snacks will be available, and Starbucks is donating coffee.
Along with the above mentioned groups and electeds, expect to talk with people from New York Presbyterian Hospital, Weill Cornell and Shape Up New York, among others. The Department for the Aging's HIICap will be on hand for advice on health insurance and meeting needs for longterm care.
Capping all that Shapiro has whipped up to entice Roosevelt Islanders to step by and take advantage of all this access, Asphalt Green will bring the event to a pulsing close with a rousing program of "fitness drumming."
Ever heard of "fitness drumming?" Me, neither, but it's known as the "un-beat-able workout for everyone." That got my attention. I can't wait, and I hope to see you there.
The Health & Wellness Day fair begins at 10:00 a.m. at 546 Main Street and runs until the fitness drumming finishes entertaining us at 1:00 p.m."