HONESDALE – In honor of National Cardiac Rehabilitation Week, the Wayne County Commissioners welcomed community members to speak during their meeting Thursday.

The American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation (AACVPR) observes National Cardiac Rehabilitation Week Feb. 8 through 14.

Nadine Greco, cardiac rehabilitation coordinator at the Wayne Memorial Hospital, stressed the importance of exercise.

“The exercise program for cardiac and pulmonary rehab patients is the best kept secret that isn't being used as much,” she said. “It's still under utilized.”

Greco is also program certified by the AACVPR.

“At any age you can start an exercise program,” she stated. “Our country needs to move more. People need to move more.”

She added that a new motto is that “sitting is the new smoking.

“People are sitting too much,” Greco explained. “I think ever since the Industrial Revolution with everything getting done for you, we don't do anything anymore. That's what's going on with our country.”

Commissioner Jonathan Fritz said he heard too much exercise is just as dangerous as no exercise. Greco agreed.

“I see a lot of CrossFit going on,” she said. “It's really intense. I've seen a lot of younger folks getting into this heavy exercise.

“By their 40s and 50s they are having hip and knee replacements. Too much extreme [exercise] isn't good either.”

Greco added walking around outdoors is the best thing you can do for your body.

“Put your health first,” she said.

Community members who took part in the program at Wayne Memorial shared their stories on how it helped them. They praised the program and Wayne Memorial.

“We thank you for sharing your stories,” said Commissioner Wendall Kay. “Congratulations on where you've come [with the program].”

Chairman Brian Smith and Fritz also congratulated the individuals.

A proclamation was read for National Cardiac Rehabilitation Week, which has a theme of “A Work of the Heart.”

It states coronary heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States and in Wayne County.

National Cardiac Rehabilitation Week calls “special attention to the dedicated professionals in Wayne County who promote the dissemination of information about coronary heart disease, its prevention and rehabilitation,” according to the proclamation.

Other business

• The commissioners approved the renewal of the Statewide Automated Victim Information and Notification (SAVIN) System.

“It's an automated victim notification system that informs them when an offender gets out of jail,” said Deborah (“DJ”) Daniels, victim witness coordinator.

According to the Pennsylvania Office of the Victim Advocate, SAVIN is a “free, confidential and automated service that keeps victims, law enforcement and community members up to date on the status of an offenders housed in county jail, state prison or under state parole supervision within the Commonwealth.”

Daniels said there are currently 437 individuals registered to use the system.

“Not all of them are victims,” she said. “There are victims, witnesses, family members, police officers, county staff and people who wonder where they [offenders] go when they're out of jail.”

Daniels added there have been many changes since SAVIN was put in place in 2012. One of them is allowing family members to use it.

There is also an online app available for the program.

“The state system is also updating,” Daniels said. “They want to allow victims to register on the state level as well.

“This is a huge benefit for the county. As long as they are registered correctly, people always receive the notifications.

“It helps keep victims, witnesses and the community safe.”

The cost to renew the program is $2,209.22, which will run until the beginning of 2016.

• The commissioners approved the Emergency Services Grant, which will assist with homelessness issues. The grant is through the Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) and is for $129,903.

Chief Clerk Vicky Botjer said the funds will be allocated after the contract is signed. County execution for the grant was accepted pending final DCED approval.

• Russell Mang was hired as a part time corrections officer, effective Feb. 17. The salary was set at $12.01 per hour.

• Joshua Hoffman was hired as an intern for Management Information Systems (MIS), effective Feb. 9 through Aug. 21. The salary was set at $9.05 per hour.