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Green Tree joins Live Well Allegheny movement

| Saturday, June 25, 2016, 3:15 p.m.

A health and wellness fair will mark the kickoff to Green Tree's participation in the county's Live Well Allegheny program.

The fair will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. today in Green Tree Park, to coincide with the farmers market.

Live Well Allegheny is designed to promote healthy living practices among residents.

Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald is scheduled to attend the fair at 6 p.m. to officially recognize the borough as a Live Well community.

Green Tree Council President Mark Sampogna said he believes in the adage, “If you have your health, you have everything.”

He said the borough has many amenities to help residents get exercise, such as the walking track, trails, parks, pool and recreation programs.

“We need to do even more, like offering healthy foods at our farmers market and promoting access to other county programs,” Sampogna said.

Activities scheduled for the Live Well event include free 20-minute yoga sessions at 4:30 and 6:30 p.m. Participants can enter to win a Fitbit device.

There will be activities and games for children, including story time by the Green Tree Public Library staff.

Various organizations will be represented, offering health screenings, food demonstrations, healthy snacks and giveaways.

Neighboring communities that participate in Live Well Allegheny include Scott, Heidelberg, Collier and South Fayette.

South Fayette held its kickoff celebration last August along with North Fayette. More than 300 residents attended the wellness program held at the Pittsburgh Botanic Garden, said Andrea Iglar, South Fayette community development director.

Iglar said South Fayette promotes healthy living by highlighting the Live Well logo on recreation materials and through social media.

The township has a Live Well page on its website. Township employees also can participate in several initiatives, such as an autumn harvest day to enjoy the outdoors.

Jim Spezialetti is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach him at 412-388-5805 or

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