|At Walk with a Doc, we believe that the power of physical activity is amplified even more when it takes place in nature. In September 2021, we partnered with the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources and we’re excited to partner with them again this month as part of a movement to promote health, nature, and local parks and trails throughout Pennsylvania.|
“The first year of the program showed the success of this effort that introduces people to new trails to try and makes the connection between health and the outdoors,” said DCNR Deputy Secretary Lauren Imgrund. “There are many partners in this collaborative effort with the same goal of healthy people and close to home and welcoming local parks, trails, and natural places.”
The kickoff event for this year’s initiative featured a short health talk from Dr. Michael Suk of Geisinger, followed by a walk along the Lackawanna River Heritage Trail in Scranton, PA.
“Our ‘Walk with a Doc’ program joins our medical knowledge of the ‘what and why’ of physical activity with DCNR’s expertise of ‘where.’ It’s a natural partnership that links professionals and communities in the pursuit of better health. Geisinger is a proud partner in this venture, and we look forward to its continued growth in all our regions,” said Dr. Suk.
Walking is one of the best things you can do for your health, and numerous studies point to the health benefits of spending time in nature. Getting regular physical activity on trails helps: Reduce stress and anxiety; Control weight; Reduce risk of heart disease, type 2 diabetes, and some cancers; Strengthen bones and muscles; Improve mental health and mood; Improve sleep quality; Increase your chances of living longer; Increase positive feelings about quality of life; and Keep your lungs healthy.
Thank you, DCNR, for advancing wellness through nature. Help celebrate Trails Month by joining a Walk with a Doc event in Pennsylvania or around the world. Check out the video below for some inspriation to get outdoors:
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