Congratulations to our winners!

SFS Lawn sign competition

The winning design by Theresa Jiao

The winning design by Theresa Jiao

1st Prize Winner
Theresa Jiao

Molly Treder
Megan Nielsen
Kayla Gioffre
Olivia Van Tuyl
Samantha D'Angelo

Thanks to everyone who participated and helped make this contest a success. We were so impressed with the level of artwork, thought and time that went into designing the SFS lawn signs from the students of Gelinas Junior High. All the judges loved the colors, the message and the hand-drawn elements in Theresa Jiao's winning design. A huge thank you to Principal Corinne Keane who made this competition possible and was also a judgeStay tuned for our next contest in 2019. We are really looking forward to seeing the SFS signs around town!

Email us at if you would like a sign for your lawn.

“Walking is a man’s best medicine.”  –Hippocrates

The Top Ten Health Reasons to Walk by Dr. Nancy McLinskey

Aim for 30 minutes of activity daily

1. You will feel better! (Improves sleep, Improves mood, Increases energy)

2. It reduces stress (Lowers cortisol levels, Walking meditation)

3. It boosts immune function (Walking 30 minutes a day)

4. It helps prevent falls in the elderly

5. It strengthens your bones, joints, and muscles (Well tolerated by people with arthritis)

6. It’s good for your brain (Extensive cognitive benefits)

7. It may decrease the risk of some cancers (Colorectal cancer - 6 hrs/week, Breast cancer - 1 hour/day)

8. It improves glycemic control (Decreases dips in energy)

9. It protects you from heart disease (lowers blood pressure, lowers triglyceride levels)

10. It decreases your rate of weight gain

Benefits of Walkability

The benefits of walkability are all interconnected. Local business will be enhanced by more foot traffic. The means more economic vitality, and social benefits–so people are out and having conversations and connecting–as well as health benefits.

1. It helps people live longer
Inactivity is the fourth leading cause of mortality around the world; physical activity dropped 32% in the last four decades in the U.S., and 45% in less than two decades in China. For people over 60, walking just 15 minutes a day can reduce the risk of dying by 22%.

2. It helps people lose weight
A 30-minute walk can burn 100 calories; for every 12 blocks or so walked a day, your risk of obesity drops 4.8%.

3. It reduces the risk of chronic disease
Regular walking may reduce the risk of diseases such as type 2 diabetes, heart disease, and colon cancer. Inactivity is a primary cause of most chronic diseases.

4. It makes people happier
Someone with a one-hour commute in a car needs to earn 40% more to be as happy as someone with a short walk to work. On the other hand, researchers found that if someone shifts from a long commute to a walk, their happiness increases as much as if they’d fallen in love. People who walk 8.6 minutes a day are 33% more likely to report better mental health.

People who walk 8.6 minutes a day are 33% more likely to report better mental health.

5. It improves traffic safety
More than 270,000 pedestrians are killed around the world every year; better street design, and policies that reduce speed, can obviously help reduce the risk of crashes. Just shortening a long crosswalk can reduce the risk of pedestrian deaths 6%.

6. It brings back “eyes on the street”
While some countries invest in security cameras for streets–like the U.K., with 5.9 million cameras in public spaces–encouraging more people to walk is a cheaper way of increasing surveillance and making streets feel safer.

7. It reduces crime in other ways
Making streets more pleasant for walking–reducing trash, for example, or enforcing the speed limit–also has the added benefit of reducing crime. In one Kansas City neighborhood, crime dropped 74% after some streets went car-free on weekends.

8. It makes neighborhoods more vibrant
The same features that make streets more walkable, like a safer and more attractive design, make people want to spend more time in them generally, bringing vibrancy back to neighborhoods.

9. It enhances the “sense of place”
Spending time walking through a neighborhood, rather than driving, helps people have a better sense of what makes it unique–and more likely to want to help take care of it.

10. It’s a driver for creativity
If a neighborhood is walkable, it’s more likely to become home to public street art and open-air events; conversely, public art and cultural events can help draw people to streets where they might not have walked before.

In one Kansas City neighborhood, crime dropped 74% after some streets went car-free on weekends.

Walkability is increasing on Long Island!

The demand for walkable neighborhoods is increasing, as more and more members of the millennial generation, the largest generation in American history, enter the home-seeking market. 50 percent consider it “very important” to be within an easy walk of places “such as shops, cafes, and restaurants,” according to the National Association of Realtors.

Walkability offers surprising benefits to our health, the environment, our finances, and our communities. The average resident of a walkable neighborhood weighs 6-10 pounds less than someone who lives in a sprawling neighborhood.

Walkable communities provide older adults with improved physical and mental health, increased independence, and socialization opportunities that can prevent isolation.

Walkable neighborhoods help seniors remain active, healthy, social and free to move around. How?

Quality of Life While Aging in Place

Many retirees choose to age in place—to avoid moving and remain in their homes as long as possible. But since baby boomers were the generation that built suburbia, many will want to maintain a quality of life in unwalkable neighborhoods.

Older adults socialize more when living in walkable neighborhoods. According to the EPA, in an age-friendly walkable neighborhood or town, regular social interaction is possible, convenient and more frequent. The American Journal of Public Health published a studypublished a study that reveals older people living in walkable, mixed-use neighborhoods have higher levels of social interaction compared with those residing in car-dependent burbs. Living in walkable neighborhoods means you are more likely to know your neighbors, participate in politics, engage socially and even trust people.

2. Transportation + Mobility to Leave the House

Independence builds self-worth and being able to move around your neighborhood is freeing. “More than 20 percent of Americans age 65 or older do not drive. Of those, more than half — about 3.6 million people — stay home on any given day because they have no transportation, AARP says,” from a Washington Post article. Men outlive their “drive-ability” by 7 years, women by 10 years. Public transit becomes key for allowing seniors to remain independent. “A 2002 study by the National Institute on Aging found that about 600,000 people who are 70 or older stop driving every year and become dependent on other forms of transportation.”

A 2003 Brookings Institution study found that 79% of seniors age 65 and older live in car-dependent suburban and rural communities. But older adults increased their use of public transit by 40% between 2001 and 2009. About 15% of those over age 65 use public transit at least once time per month and more than half of them need specialized transportation, according to Placemaking article.