Get Your Tail on the Trail! Walk, run or bike your way to fitness.
D&L and St. Luke’s University Health Network Say:
Get Your Tail On The Trail!
Bethlehem, PA (5/1/2013) - Delaware & Lehigh National Heritage Corridor (D&L) and St. Luke’s University Health Network are encouraging residents of the Lehigh Valley and nearby areas to get healthier through the “Get Your Tail on the Trail!” initiative.
Today, D&L Trail, St. Luke’s University Health Network and the Bethlehem Health Bureau join for the kick-off event of Get Your Tail on the Trail, an initiative to encourage people of all ages and all activity levels to get outdoors, get active and explore nature by walking, running or biking the D&L Trail.
“St. Luke’s is very excited to partner with D&L to encourage the whole Lehigh Valley and surrounding areas to become more active by walking, running or biking on the beautiful local trails,” said Bonnie Coyle, MD, Director, St. Luke’s University Health Network Community Health Department. “Daily exercise increases strength and endurance, helps to maintain a healthy weight, decreases the risk of developing Type 2 diabetes and provides you with a more restful sleep.” Additional benefits of regular exercise include an improved self-esteem, especially for children and adolescents, said Dr. Coyle.
Get Your Tail on the Trail
Get Your Tail on the Trail
Elissa Garafolo, President and Executive Director of D&L, greets 200 students from Broughal Middle School and Donegan and Fountain Hill Elementary schools, with historical information about the D&L Trails.
Dr. Bonnie Coyle, Director of Community Health at St. Luke’s University Health Network, asks the students who exercises every day, adding that an hour of activity each day is one part of maintaining a healthy body.
John Graham, MS, HFS, CSCS*D, RSCC*D, FNSCA, St. Luke’s Director of Sports and Human Performance, leads warm up exercises for the students attending the kick-off for D&L and St. Luke’s “Get Your Tail on the Trail” fitness initiative.
Dave Adams of Noah’s Animal Adventure explains to students the role of mules in pulling barges through the canal locks along the trails. Pedro the Donkey and Molly the Mule were a popular station at the “Tail on the Trail” initiative kick-off – children ran to pet and hug the 27-year old Pedro, who stood stoically during his visit with the students.
Students and chaperones walk the D&L Trails as part of the kick-off event of D&L and St. Luke’s health initiative “Tail on the Trail.” Students participated in a variety of exercise stations, including zumba and hula hoops, as well as educational stations like the mule/donkey station and plant preservation along the trails.
Nearly 200 Students Participate in Kick-Off
As part of the Get Your Tail on the Trail kickoff, nearly 200 students, teachers and chaperones from Broughal Middle School and Donegan and Fountain Hill Elementary schools will walk the trail at Sand Island and learn about the history of the trail and plant preservation efforts, participate in a zumba class, investigate St. Luke’s HealthStar van and meet a live mule (an integral part of the lock system on the canals) and donkey.
“Many local programs are available to help members of the community to be healthy,” said Kristen Wenrich, Director, Bethlehem Health Bureau. “Today, in addition to kicking off Get Your Tail on the Trail, is designated Project ACES (All Children Exercise Simultaneously) Day! To help children grow into healthy adults, we encourage our youth to get active, eat nutritious foods and adopt a healthy lifestyle.” A program that provides educational modules every month is called “Vive Tu Vida” (Live Your Life), added Wenrich.
“Get Your Tail on the Trail is an innovative wellness program that starts today. Together with our good friends at St. Luke’s University Health Network, the initiative recognizes that community health - good civic health - comes not just from a physically healthy community, but also from a community that cares for and celebrates its roots as well,” said Elissa Garofalo, President and Executive Director of D&L.
“Today it’s time for our region to get healthy again,” Garofalo continued. “The trails are yours to explore -- return to the beautiful lands in our back yards which are public and saved, thanks to the leadership by D&L.”
Registration and Upcoming Events
The Get Your Tail on the Trail 165-mile challenge participants will register at http://www.tailonthetrail.org – each participant receives a free backpack, water bottle and instructions about how to log miles. Milestone goals will be rewarded with special prizes. To help exercisers log in their miles, St. Luke’s and D&L will be hosting special “champion” events throughout the summer and fall near each St. Luke’s campus. The events are on the following dates, times and locations:
- 9 am on June 1 at Carbon County Trailhead, Jim Thorpe
- 9 am on June 29 at Lehigh Canal Park off of Hamilton Blvd, Allentown
- 9 am on July 27 at the Perkiomen Trail, Quakertown
- 9 am on August 25 at Sand Island, Bethlehem to Freemansburg
- 10 am on September 28 at Hope Road access, Easton
- 10 am on October 26 at Hugh Moore Park to Easton
Events include the St. Luke’s HealthStar van, free giveaways and snacks. Registration is encouraged. Please call St. Luke’s InfoLink at 1-866-STLUKES (1-866-785-8537).
Denise E. Rader
Director of Media Relations
St. Luke's University Health Network