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Carnegie receives Live Well Allegheny designation

| Monday, Oct. 3, 2016, 2:40 p.m.
Sidney Davis | Tribune-Review
Justin Hammer, 22, of Imperial drops down a ramp during a skateboarding demonstration at the Open Streets Carnegie event on Saturday, Sept. 24, 2016.
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Deborah Bandel of Simple Church in Carnegie gives a massage to Susan Nirella of Scott during the Open Streets Carnegie event on Saturday, Sept. 24, 2016. Open Streets is designed to encourage active lifestyles, and highlight the borough's numerous health and wellness businesses.
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From left, Ian Neumaier, Nicole Barczaak and Jami Nelson use sidewalk chalk to write messages on Main Street in Carnegie during the Open Streets Carnegie event on Saturday, Sept. 24, 2016. The trio works for the nonprofit Find Some Flow, which uses pop-up playgrounds to challenge perspectives.

Carnegie Borough on Saturday joined 31 other Allegheny County municipalities as part of the Live Well Allegheny program, leaders announced during the community's Open Streets event.

“Carnegie is a community on its way up and it has recognized the importance of providing activities, events and amenities that improve the quality of life for its residents,” Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald said in a statement. “We're excited to have the borough join this effort and look forward to the great things they will continue to do in their community.”

The borough hosted an Open Streets event — modeled after similar events in Pittsburgh — on a portion of Main Street on Saturday. Events included yoga in the street, multi-cultural dances and skateboarding.

Encouraging people to be physically active “will greatly improve our health,” Allegheny County Health Department director Dr. Karen Hacker said in a statement. “Open Streets events are a family-friendly way for residents to be physically active in their community.”

A $5,000 grant to help with costs of the Open Streets program was provided by the Active Allegheny Grant Program.

As part of the Live Well Allegheny program , Carnegie will continue planning and promoting active and wellness enhancing programs and encourage multi-modal transportation.

“Carnegie Borough is very excited to receive the Live Well Allegheny Community designation,” Mayor Jack Kobistek said. “This progressive program is great way to promote a healthier lifestyle within our community and throughout the county.”

Among communities that have received the Live Well Allegheny designation include Scott, Collier, Heidelberg, Green Tree and South Fayette.

Bobby Cherry is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach him at rcherry@tribweb.com.

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