“Hit the Trails - Get Moving Outdoors this Winter with the Healthy Trails Challenge”
December 14, 2015

Healthy Acadia and Downeast Coastal Conservancy invite you to discover the health benefits of outdoor recreation this winter. The Hancock/Washington County Healthy Trails Challenge, which begins January 1, is a fun and free opportunity to get fit, get outdoors, and connect with nature while exploring the trails and parks in Hancock and Washington counties. Hit the trails this winter and do something great for your body and mind!

Healthy Acadia is proud to partner with Downeast Coastal Conservancy to offer the Healthy Trails Challenge to engage more youth and their families with the outdoors, and to promote tobacco free, substance free, and fun healthy physical activities. The Healthy Trails Challenge is a self-guided program designed for all fitness levels that encourages you to hike, bike, cross-country ski, or snowshoe at least five trails between January 1 and April 1, 2016. Discover the unique diversity of landscapes in right here in Downeast Maine and challenge yourself with new and interesting hikes.

The first sixty (60) registrants will receive a free Healthy Trails Challenge gift packet. Every Challenge participant who submits a completed trail log will be recognized on Healthy Acadia’s Facebook page and receive one (1) entry in a raffle drawing for a prize. Complete the entire Healthy Trails Challenge by completing five (5) or more Healthy Trails to be entered in the drawing for our grand prize. The more places you visit, the more chances you have to win!

Additional prize opportunities include the Healthy Trails Challenge Photo Contest - entrants who submit photos of their adventures will be randomly selected to win a prize, and the Healthy Trails Pursuit. "Explorers" eager for an additional challenge may choose either the Washington or Hancock County Pursuit and select any of the 30 different activities listed. Complete one of three different levels to be entered in the grand prize drawing.

For more information, contact Angela Fochesato at 255-3741 or angela@healthyacadia.org. For links to the Healthy Trails Challenge online registration packet, trail logs, and other Challenge materials, visit Healthy Acadia’s website at www.healthyacadia.org or find us on FaceBook. For information about trails and natural areas managed by the Downeast Coastal Conservancy, visit www.downeastcoastalconservancy.org. The Healthy Trails Challenge is supported by Partnerships to Improve Community Health through EMHS, Healthy Maine Partnerships, and local community members and businesses.