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Events - Free Diabetes Prevention Program

Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone and Department of Health Services Commissioner Dr. James Tomarken invite residents who are at risk for developing type-2 diabetes to participate, free of charge, in the county-administered National Diabetes Prevention Program. The program supports moderate behavioral changes and has proven to reduce risk in those who are at risk for type 2 diabetes. 

The Diabetes Prevention Program is based on a research study led by the National Institutes of Health. The study showed that with intensive counseling and motivational support, participants were able to make behavioral changes, reducing their risk for developing type 2 diabetes by 58 percent. Lifestyle changes worked particularly well for participants aged 60 and older, reducing their risk by 71 percent.

“We seek to reverse in Suffolk County the nationwide trend toward increased rates of diabetes. This program addresses the behaviors that contribute to diabetes, a disease that exacts enormous costs to the individual, the family and the community,” said Executive Bellone, who rolled out “Healthy Suffolk” last fall.

“Diabetes puts people at risk for many serious health conditions,” said Dr. Tomarken. “The good news is that moderate changes in lifestyle can help restore blood sugar toward normal levels and result in significant health benefits,” said Dr. Tomarken. 

The Diabetes Prevention Program is led by a trained lifestyle coach. It meets one hour per week for 16 weeks, then monthly for the remainder of one year. The Department of Health Services is offering two new sixteen-week Diabetes Prevention series beginning in this month. The first 16 sessions of each course are scheduled as follows:

Smithtown Public Library
One North Country Road, Smithtown
Time: 6:00 - 7:15 p.m.
Contact: Debora, 631-853-2928

Dates (Monday)
February 25, 2019
March 4, 11, 18, 25;
April 1, 8, 15, 22;
May 6, 13, 20;
June 3, 10, 17, 24

For more information or to find out if you are at risk for diabetes, visit the Diabetes Prevention Program page on the Suffolk County website or call the Office of Health Education at 853-3162.



Events - Watchable Wildlife At David A. Sarnoff Pine Barrens

Watchable Wildlife: David A. Sarnoff Pine Barrens

(Southampton, Suffolk County)

The David A. Sarnoff Pine Barrens is a designated Bird Conservation Area—one of the largest undisturbed pine barrens on Long Island. While many of the diverse bird species migrate south for the winter, visitors can spot white-tailed deer and red foxes during the cold winter months.

Enjoy a hike on the nine-mile-long loop trail on the 2,324-acre preserve, which is open from dawn to dusk daily.  A free seasonal access permit is required from the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation. A PDF file of the access permit is available online. 

Photo by Aaron Winters


Events - Winter Wonderland At Reinstein Woods

New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC), in partnership with Friends of Reinstein Woods, invites the public to celebrate “Winter Wonderland in the Woods” on Saturday, Feb. 9, from 12 to 4 p.m. at Reinstein Woods Nature Preserve in the town of Cheektowaga, Erie County.

Visitors can discover a variety of outdoor pursuits during the event. Ice-fishing demonstrations will take place throughout the afternoon and visitors will be able to try cross-county skiing in a demonstration area (weather permitting). Snowshoe rentals will also be available for those who wish to explore the trails.

Children will be able to try snowshoeing regardless of the weather and enjoy winter challenges including a snowball target toss, Bird Spotting Challenge trail, and a snowflake investigation station. Kids can also express their creative side in the snow art area and make crafts indoors.

The Niagara Frontier Search and Rescue Team will be on hand to talk about winter rescue and will provide a compass navigation course for participants looking to test their navigation skills. DEC Forest Rangers will demonstrate flat ice rescue techniques, and an Erie County Park Ranger will offer brief winter wildlife survival hikes throughout the day.

After enjoying outdoor activities, attendees can warm up inside the education center with hot drinks and snacks sold by Friends of Reinstein Woods. Messinger Woods Wildlife Care will present informative talks on wild animal rehabilitation at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. There will also be door prizes, costumed characters, exhibits, and more.

The event will take place regardless of snow conditions, and additional activities featuring nature experiences will be added in case of warm weather.

Registration is not required for this event. There is no entry fee, but donations to Friends of Reinstein Woods are always welcome. Reinstein Woods Nature Preserve is located at 93 Honorine Drive, off of Como Park Boulevard in Cheektowaga. For more information, contact Reinstein Woods at 683-5959, or visit Reinstein Woods’ website and search for “Winter Wonderland.”



Events - Cycle The Erie Canal Tour

Did you resolve to spend more time outdoors in 2019? We have the perfect way for you to achieve your resolution!

Join us July 7-14 for Parks & Trails New York’s 21st annual Cycle the Erie Canal tour.

The tour offers an unparalleled opportunity to experience wonderful cycling while taking in the rich history of the legendary canal that helped transform America.

Sign up today to join more than 600 cyclists from across the country and the world to ride across New York this summer along the historic Erie Canal.


This year, the Cycle the Erie Canal tour offers: 
 2-Day and 4-Day Options: You can still enjoy a cycling adventure even if you can’t make the entire 8-day trip. Weekend and 4-day options allow you to fit a world-class cycling experience into your busy schedule. These shorter options are great for families, too.

Return Shuttle: In addition to the July 6 shuttle, riders from Buffalo, Pittsburgh, Toronto, and points west will be happy to hear we’ll once again be offering our return shuttle from Albany to Buffalo at the end of the ride to make your vacation relaxing and worry free from start to finish. We will also be offering return shuttles from Syracuse to Buffalo and Albany to Syracuse for the convenience of our 4-day riders.

If you have any questions about Cycle the Erie Canal, call Parks & Trails New York at 518-434-1583 or email eriecanaltour@ptny.org. Also, check out our Cycle the Erie Canal website to learn more about all the Erie Canalway Trail has to offer.

We look forward to seeing you this summer on Cycle the Erie Canal!



Events - SHS Tales For Tots

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