BOB ROTATORI - 216-635-3263, firstname.lastname@example.org
ALYSSA COOK-ALEXANDER - 216-635-3274, email@example.com
The road to better health isn't always uphill; sometimes it loops and goes over a bridge. Take steps towards better health and explore new trails while earning a 2013 Walking Works hiking shield through Cleveland Metroparks Walking Works program.
With Cleveland Metroparks Walking Works program, participants hike at least eight of 13 designated trails on their own or through naturalist-led hikes from June through October. After completing each walk, participants date the Walking Works form. After completing at least eight walks, walkers return the form to Cleveland Metroparks to receive this year's Walking Works walking stick shield. Walkers can display the shield on their own walking sticks.
Research shows walking leads to better health. Walking three to five times a week helps improve cardiovascular fitness, increases circulation, helps control weight, blood and cholesterol levels, and improve an overall feeling of well-being. Research also shows that increasing the number of calories burned by 2,000 a week can lead to a longer life.
Now Walking Works participants can feel better while discovering the wonders of nature on 13 natural surface trails and all purpose trails.
This year, take an easy hike in Bedford, Bradley Woods, Garfield Park, Huntington, Rocky River and South Chagrin reservations. Moderate walkers can hit the trails in Big Creek, Brecksville, Hinckley, Ohio & Erie Canal, North Chagrin and Rocky River reservations. Those looking for a difficult hike will appreciate the challenging hikes in Brookside and Mill Stream Run reservations.
For walkers who want to walk with others while learning about the natural features of the trails, naturalist-led hikes along some of the designated trails are available. Look for naturalist-led Walking Works walks in the Emerald Necklace monthly publication or online at clevelandmetroparks.com.
For a list of the designated hikes and directions, and to download the Walking Works form visit clevelandmetroparks.com. Walking Works forms are also available at any Cleveland Metroparks Nature Center.
For more information, call 216-635-3200.
Walk to good health through the Walking Works program of Cleveland Metroparks - Discover, Enjoy, Protect!
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