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    Sitka

    National Historical Park Alaska

American Hiking Society National Trails Day® Event

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Date: June 1, 2012

 

Sitka National Historical Park News Release

103 Monastery Street

Sitka, AK 99835

 

907-747-0132 phone

907-747-5938 fax


National Park Service

U.S. Department of the Interior

Date:May 14, 2012

PIO or Contact Person:Carin Farley

Telephone Number:907-747-0127

E-mail address:carin_farley@nps.gov

Sitka National Historical Park to Host an American Hiking Society National Trails Day® Event

Sitka National Historical Park (June 2, 2012,) –Come celebrate the outdoors and get healthy!Sitka National Historical Park will host a daylong event in honor of the American Hiking Society's 20th annual National Trails Day.®The event will be held at the park Visitor Center from 9 am – 5pm. This is a day dedicated to park trails, health and the community of Sitka.

There will be a series of free health related presentations and exercise classes open to the public.The park will unveil the new Park Prescription Program; a collaboration between AK State Health Department, Sitka Community Hospital and SEARHC.Park Prescriptions is designed to promote outdoor activity to patients through their healthcare providers. The program is sponsored by the Sitka Health Summit.

Presentations and activities will occur on the hour and park partner Sitka Trail Works will have a booth staffed with knowledgeable board members from 10-2.

Schedule of Events

9am: Good morning with Dr. Lehman: presentation on the benefits of physical activity outdoors.

Sitka Health Summit Presentation of support to the new Park Prescriptions Program

1000am: Hames XCamp takes it to the Trails with Carrie!!This short 45 minute circuit and interval training will be sure to get your blood pumping in the outdoors.Running, traveling jumping jacks, bear crawls, and frog jumps followed by interval training for a full body workout.All fitness levels welcome!

11am: Sara Bruhl from Oceanside Physical Therapy to present!

Noon:Dedication of the River View Trail, ribbon cutting and community gathering followed by a short walk on the new trail with Park Superintendent Randy Larson, Sitka Trail Works board members, and rangers.

1pm: Koali owner of Botanika, the new organic spa and tonic bar opening in Sitka, will do a demonstration on making Power Smoothies and Superfood Snacks.Healthy and nutritious options for a walk in the park!

2 pm: SEARHC Behavioral Health Psychiatrist, Dr Sugai and Debi Terry, M.S.,L.P.C. on the benefits of outdoor activity for mental health.

3pm: Dr.Vicki Vosburg "Walk a Loop with a Vet" She will be on call, so walkers please beware.

4pm:Outdoor Yoga with Crystal from Balanced Practice

There are activities for kids scheduled at 10am, 1pm and 4pm: coloring contest, nature hike and exercise with rangers (parents must be on site).

Participants in classes will be entered for drawings every hour.The more you participate the better your chances of winning!The park would like to thank our cooperating association Alaska Geographic for donating items procured by the following National Trails Day corporate sponsors: The North Face, Milk-Bone Trail Mix, Adventure Medical Kits, Merrell, Columbia, and Gerber Legendary Blades.

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About the National Park Service. More than 20,000 National Park Service employees care for America's 397 national parks and work with communities across the nation to help preserve local history and create close-to-home recreational opportunities. Learn more at www.nps.gov.

The slogan for NTD 2012, America's Largest TRAILgating Party, is an open invitation to all Americans to get outside!A long-standing celebration of America's magnificent trail system and its countless supporters and volunteers, National Trails Day (NTD) is celebrated in all 50 states and Puerto Rico. Since 1993, National Trails Day has inspired thousands of people to enjoy trails on the same day nationwide.

For more information about National Trails Day®, visit www.AmericanHiking.org/ntd.

Did You Know?

Map of Alaska and the continental United States

On January 3, 1959, Alaska was admitted as the 49th state of the Union. The 49-star American flag was flown in Sitka for the first time on July 4 of that year.