Families Logged 149 Miles at Cornell Plantations Let’s Move! Event
Cornell Plantations hosted their second annual Let’s Move! Family Hike on Saturday, September 15, with over 300 families in attendance.
Visitors hiked through one of Plantations’ best-known natural areas – Beebe Lake. This one-mile loop was a perfect spot for families to explore the beautiful flowers and trees along the path, and enjoy the spectacular views of the surrounding Cornell campus. Along the way young hikers (and even their parents) had fun with a letter-boxing activity where they searched for hidden treasures, learning about the natural surroundings along with fun facts about the importance of physical activity.
At the start of the hike, each child was given a pedometer to keep track of their steps. On their return, hikers submitted their total number of steps; the total tally for the hike was 325,156 steps (the equivalent of 149 miles*)!
“As a mom, I find there is no shortage of things to do for busy families, and in the rush of our daily lives it’s easy to forget to stop and experience our surroundings.” states Sonja Skelly, director of education at Cornell Plantations, “Plantations is one of the most stunning spots in Ithaca, NY and the region, the arboretum, gardens, and natural areas we manage are perfect places where families can come for a walk, a run, and some Vitamin N (Nature) to increase overall wellness, physical activity. I’m asked a lot about why we are part of the Let’s Move initiative, and the answer is simple – Take It Outside! It’s become somewhat of a mantra here – Taking it Outside – going out in nature does a lot for people – relieves stress, provides a way to be physically active, and yet at the same time provides an enjoyable way to have fun in beautiful surroundings!”
Plantations has committed to participating in First Lady, Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move! initiative for three years. In 2011, Plantations was the first organization in Ithaca, NY to offer a Let’s Move! program and plans to continue to offer additional programs that help to put children on the path to healthy futures.
*Miles calculated using stride of 2.5 on walk4life.com.
About Let’s Move!
Let’s Move! combines comprehensive strategies with common sense, and is about putting children on the path to a healthy future during their earliest months and years. Giving parents helpful information and fostering environments that support healthy choices and helping kids become more physically active are among a few of the goals of Let’s Move! For more information about Let’s Move! visit www.letsmove.gov.