Rx for Health, Walking in Nature

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Health Department

For Immediate Release
Date: March 21, 2016
Contact: Leslie Piotrowski
(847) 377-8055
Carolyn Waller
(847) 377-8099

Rx for Health, Walking in Nature

The Lake County Forest Preserves, the Lake County Health Department, NorthShore University Health System and other partners have organized “Rx for Health—Walking in Nature,” a program that brings together naturalists and health providers for guided tours of Lake County’s forest preserves.

For 2016, the group has scheduled eight walks, which are free and open to the public. They will take place, rain or shine, on specific Saturdays from 4 to about 5 p.m., as follows:

·        April 16, 2016               Hastings Lake                                                 Lake Villa

·        May 21, 2016                Ryerson Woods (meet at Welcome Center)      Riverwoods

·        June 18, 2016               Rollins Savanna (Washington St. Entrance)      Grayslake

·        July 16, 2016                Middlefork Savanna                                         Lake Forest

·        August 13, 2016            Lyons Woods                                                  Waukegan

·        September 10, 2016       Fort Sheridan                                                  Lake Forest

·        September 24, 2016       Pine Dunes                                                     Antioch

·        October 15, 2016           Captain Daniel Wright Woods                            Mettawa

The walks are an opportunity to speak with a NorthShore physician about the health benefits of exercise and outdoor activities, and become more engaged with the outdoor environment by learning from a Forest Preserve naturalist.  Launched in 2014, the program aligns with the Health Department’s Live Well Lake County initiative to increase physical activity, healthy eating and quality of life opportunities in order to reduce the number of adults and children in the county who are overweight or obese. The initiative is also part of a countywide collaborative branding effort called Lake County Life.

The walks are open to all ages. Those 16 and younger must be accompanied by an adult. All walks start at 4 p.m. and range in length from 1 to 2 miles. These are rain or shine events and no pets are allowed (with the exception of service animals).  Learn more at: http://www.LCFPD.org/rx-for-health/.  

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