SEARHC Health Promotion launches elder walking program at Sitka National Historical Park

Park Rx Walking Program

The SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium (SEARHC) Elder Physical Activity Program, in partnership with the Parks Prescription Program, will offer escorted hikes for elders from 2-3 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays on the totem trails at Sitka National Historical Park.

The Park Prescription Program is a program offered by the Sitka National Historical Park and local health providers, who prescribe regular hikes at the park to their patients. Daily walks can reduce stress, increase energy and lower the risk for several other health problems, such as diabetes, heart disease and even some types of cancer.  Park Prescription Program participants can pick up a free punch card, which they get stamped each time they complete a walk at the park. A drawing for prizes takes place each quarter for those who complete Park Prescription Program punchcards.

“We will be meeting at the park on Tuesdays and Thursdays to walk walk the loop (or as far as elders feel comfortable) from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m.,” SEARHC Health Educator Cory Welsh said. “We also will be providing walking sticks, and we encourage elders with canes, crutches and walkers to join as well.”

For more information, contact Cory Welsh at 966-8866.

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