STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. -- Staten Island University Hospital chief Tony Ferreri offered the best example of healthy living Thursday: Himself.
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Staten island University Hospital president and CEO Anthony Ferreri, left, and Councilman James Oddo fire off some push-ups as they announce the Staten Island health and wellness expo.
Ferreri, 25 pounds lighter after heart surgery, bested a younger Councilman Jim Oddo at an impromptu push-up match during a press conference on the upcoming health and wellness expo.
"I wouldn't have been able to do that six months ago," said Ferreri afterward.
The president and CEO of SIUH said the emphasis at this year's fourth annual expo -- on Sept. 27 -- will be on wellness, prevention and quality of life, along with a focus on keeping Islanders out of the hospital.
He noted that successful anti-smoking campaigns here have resulted in the borough losing its rank as first among smokers in the city to fifth.
Still, the Island ranks No. 1 in obesity, diabetes and heart and lung disease, Ferreri said at a press event announcing the expo at SIUH's Regina M. McGinn Educational Center at the hospital's Ocean Breeze campus.
Ferreri said the free health expo has become the best-attended public event in the borough, with some 3,000 attendees last year.
Gathered at the conference are, from left: Nichaolas DiBenedetto of Primary Care Ambulance; Oddo; Ferreri; and Chris Williams of Williams Eye Works.
SIUH is teaming with the Staten Island Economic Development Corporation and Oddo to put on the day-long health expo at the Hilton Garden Inn, Bloomfield, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Seminars and workshops on a host of health-related issues will be offered, including: Diet and exercise; eye care; living with dementia and substance abuse. There will be a discussion on the Affordable Care Act, as well as multiple demonstrations and screenings.
Oddo (R-Mid-Island), who kicked in $50,000 in Council monies to help underwrite the event, said, "Living a healthy lifestyle is an individual act. You have to want it. But it can be a team effort and we can help each other."
He noted that while the expo might be difficult for some Islanders who work to attend, family and friends who do go should spread the word.
Free bus transportation to and from the event will be offered at the following locations, with a schedule of pick-up and drop-off times to be released later: 812 Forest Ave., West Brighton; 307 Sand Lane, South Beach; 252 Port Richmond Ave.; SIUH North at 242 Mason Ave., Ocean Breeze, and SIUH South at 375 Seguine Ave., Prince's Bay.
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