Let’s Move Outside Encompasses all the Vital Signs
The Erie Community Foundation made a $10,000 grant for The Let’s Move Outside! Erie County Recreational Passport Project, which is a collaborative effort between the Erie County Department of Health, Erie Yesterday and Visit Erie. The project is modeled after First Lady, Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move Outside national campaign devoted to fighting obesity by encouraging communities to use local resources to help children and adults become more active. Erie County’s Let’s Move Outside initiative weaves together art, local history and healthy living.
The passport features 15 urban and rural Erie County walking and biking trails. Local artist Tom Ferraro designed and constructed 15 public art pieces which are trail markers. Each trail marker features a unique QP code and 10 digit pass key. After completing each trail, participants document the pass keys located on each trail marker and log it into their online profile. Once all 15 pass keys are entered they are automatically entered to win prizes.
According to Erie Vital Signs, the average obesity rate for Erie County children ages K-12 is above the Pennsylvania state average. Childhood obesity leads to early diagnosis of chronic diseases such as type-two diabetes. Obesity also increases the risk for a heart attack or stroke later in life. Higher averages of obesity can be directly correlated with lack of daily physical activity and poor eating habits. The Lets Move Outside! Erie County Recreational Passport Project’s goal is to get children and adults outside and physically active.
Passports are available at libraries within the Erie County Public Library System, the YMCA of Greater Erie and its branches, the Tom Ridge Environmental Center, VisitErie, Erie Yesterday’s member historical societies and museums, and the offices of Harborcreek Township, Fairview Township, North East Chamber of Commerce, Corry Area Chamber of Commerce, Asbury Woods Nature Center, Girard Borough and Washington Township. Register and begin your journey of the 15 trails.