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Briella TomassettiSep 13, 2018, 2:29 pmSep 14, 2018, 6:31 pm

Mets World Series champions spread awareness about obesity, promote healthy lifestyles

Art Shamsky, Ed Khanepool speak how important it is for seniors to take care of themselves

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LYNBROOK – The Town of Hempstead and the Village of Lynbrook partnered with two players from the historic 1969 Mets team on Thursday to spread awareness about obesity and promote a healthy lifestyle for senior citizens.

The 1969 World Series champions, Mets outfielder Art Shamsky and First Baseman Ed Kranepool are both senior citizens. Kranepool suffers from diabetes himself and is in need of a kidney transplant.

"I know how important it is out here for the senior people to have these facilities to be able to come, participate, and take advantage of taking care of their lives," Kranepool said.

According to a report by the National Center for Health Statistics, obesity rates are the highest they have ever been in the United States, affecting nearly 40 percent of adults and 19 percent of children.

"Obesity has become the No. 1 public health problem in our country today," Town of Hempstead Supervisor Laura Gillen said.

It's also a major risk factor for both type II diabetes as well as heart disease.

Local officials, with help from the Lynbrook Restorative Therapy and Nursing Center, helped host the health fair to give seniors the tools they need to stay healthy.

"I really welcome everyone in the community that wants to come in, and meet, and get some education," Administrator of Lyn Restorative Therapy & Nursing Lisa Penzioner said.

Seniors could talk to a variety of health officials at the fair, including a pulmonary support group, nursing and social services professionals, and dietary experts. They proved free testing for anyone that attend.

"It's important for everyone to understand that good health means taking care of yourself, eating well, and exercising as much as you can,” Shamsky said.

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