St. Luke’s University Health Network (St. Luke’s) and Delaware & Lehigh National Heritage Corridor (D&L) are partnering to bring the community a family fun initiative — Get Your Tail on the Trail! The “trail” is the nearly continuous 165-mile D&L Trail which begins in Mountaintop, PA, runs along the Lehigh River, and eventually follows the Delaware River all the way south to Bristol, PA. Go here to see a map!
By linking St. Luke’s healthy lifestyle expertise with the recreational and heritage leadership of D&L, members of our community can participate in scheduled challenges and events on their way to achieving their personal goals of health, fitness and fun.
Using St. Luke’s and D&L’s commitment to our community, our goal is to connect people to the outstanding opportunities along the D&L Trail while increasing health awareness and improving the health status of the community. This partnership provides individuals and families with nutrition and exercise programs which create and promote a culture of personal wellness and a sense of community.
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Take the 30/30 Winter Mini-Challenge
Take the 30/30 Winter Mini-Challenge! 2016 is the year to get out and get active! Start the New Year by Getting Your Tail on the Trail!
February 1 – March 1, 2016: Log 30 miles in 30 days!
Whether you are snowshoeing on the 165 mile D&L Trail or running on a treadmill, log 30 miles in 30 days via the online Trail Tracker at tailonthetrail.org and receive a prize at the completion of the challenge.
All miles logged from February 1, 2016, through March 1, 2016, will count towards the 30/30 Winter Mini-Challenge.
Already an exercise enthusiast? Is this challenge too easy? Set the bar high and reap the healthy rewards.
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Take the 30/30 Winter Mini-Challenge
Join St. Luke’s and D&L leaders and other members of the community in a celebration of health and fitness. Come out for these fun events that include health, fitness, nature and history facts. Free giveaways, snacks and more.
|Event Date||Event Time||Event Description||Event Location||Special Note|
|March 10, April 14 and May 12||6 – 7 pm||Adopt a School Team for Community Walking||Panther Valley
|Visit the St. Luke’s Panther Valley Adopt a School tab on panthervalley.org to learn more.|
You can RSVP by contacting St. Luke’s InfoLink at 1-866-STLUKES (785-8537) or Info.Link@sluhn.org.
2016 30/30 Mini-Winter Challenge
2016 is the year to get out and get active! All miles logged from February 1, 2016, through March 1, 2016, will count towards the 30/30 Winter Mini-Challenge. By registering now, you are automatically enrolled in these upcoming health and wellness challenges. You are encouraged to use the Trail Tracker to keep track of your miles as you strive to achieve your personal fitness goals.
Get Your Tail On The Trail Wins National Recognition
Lehigh Valley, PA (5/21/2015) — Get Your Tail on the Trail, the community-based initiative geared to promoting outdoor fitness activities in a family fun environment, recently was recognized by American Trails, the national nonprofit organization working on behalf of all trail interests.
At the 2015 International Trails Symposium held May 17-20 in Portland, OR, Get Your Tail on the Trail won American Trails’ “Trails for Health Award” for recognizing a community’s commitment to improving access to trails and promoting their use and importance for increasing physical activity.
The program was created in 2013 by Elissa Garofalo, Executive Director of the Delaware & Lehigh National Heritage Corridor, Dr. Bonnie Coyle, St. Luke’s Director of Community Health and Kenneth Szydlow, Vice President of Marketing for St. Luke’s University Network in an effort to get families off their couches and onto ways to exercise more.
The 165 miles of scenic trails that makes up the D&L Corridor seemed a natural location in which to base a family friendly fitness initiative.
Get Your Tail on the Trail was a hit from the get-go.
The initial 165 mile challenge was launched in May 2013 with the thinking that 250 people participating in the program would mark the program as a success. In the first six months of the program, 2,455 people signed up. They logged 255,392 miles.
Further development of the program saw bike and hike outings, school field trips, barge rides, health fairs, history walks and more.
Currently, Get Your Tail on the Trail has 4,870 participants who have logged 1,124,295.62 miles.
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