As a NWF founding mother and self-care proponent who is a fan of hiking with kids, I was super excited when I heard about the DCR's Healthy Heart Trails initiative. Kicking off today with a series of guided hikes, this initiative challenges Massachusetts residents to walk 75 miles before Labor Day (that's less than 6 miles a week). Look for the Healthy Heart Trail sign (pictured) at over 70 trails across the state; you can download a tracking chart at the DCR Healthy Heart Trails website, and the online trail guide offers handy information on mileage and difficulty to make route planning and tracking easy.
Also, given how tight state park budgets are, Cascadian Farm and LÄRABAR deserve huge props for helping to bring this program to life. These companies are donating $20,000 to help preserve and restore Massachusetts trails, are publishing trail guides for this initiative, and will be offering a truckload of healthy snacks today through the remainder of the campaign. Pretty awesome.
Happy hiking everyone!