Middleton Massachusetts’ public health director and former conservation agent Pike Messenger have created a created a booklet, “Hiking for Health & History” for the Health and Conservation Department. This book was created with assistance from a GIS professional in order to create the trail maps based off of GPS coordinates. It contains a historical and cultural component in addition to raising awareness of obesity. The idea was to have the book’s release kick off the beginning of spring and ‘the health department’s campaign to increase physical activity in the community” (Rosen) The booklet is said to be “Not just a trail booklet but a public health awareness booklet.” (Rosen) Some of the more specific information includes: ways of encouraging people to exercise outdoors while learning about health benefits; obesity; diabetes; cultural as well as natural history; West Nile virus, Eastern equine encephalitis; and tick-borne dieseases.
Booklet Available at: http://www.townofmiddleton.org/Pages/MiddletonMA_Health/Booklet/
Source: Sylvia Rosen, Coorespondent The Salem News online http://www.salemnews.com/punews/local_story_088000727.html#disqus_thread
Picture taken from: http://www.townofmiddleton.org/Pages/MiddletonMA_Health/Booklet/
Christine Irven, VERTICES intern