‘Get Caught’ exercising

 

Don’t be surprised if you’re out walking on a city trail or in a city park this month and someone approaches you and wants to give you a free gift.

The city and Livingston HealthCare are rewarding people all month long for exercising on city trails with random giveaways from local organizations and businesses.

 

Mother and daughter Randi and Vay O’Brien stop their bikes to accept free pedometers from LHC Marketing Manager Rebekah Stoner near the Sacajawea Park lagoon, Monday. 

 

The city and LHC have partnered to launch a new program called “Trails Rx,” which aims to promote trail use and outdoor activity, according to an LHC press release.

As part of the new program, doctors will write mock prescriptions for patients, recommending they exercise on city trails, LHC Marketing Manager Rebekah Stoner said Monday.

To create awareness for the new program, there will be Trails Rx activities throughout June.

The giveaway campaign, which they call “Get Caught,” kicked off Monday afternoon with City Manager Ed Meece, Stoner and other city and LHC employees passing out pedometers to anyone who crossed their path on the Yellowstone River Trail and in Sacajawea Park.

Future giveaways this month, which will occur randomly on any trail or in any park, will include gift certificates from Timber Trails, dog treats from the Stafford Animal Shelter, kites from the Livingston Kite Company and several other gifts from various Livingston businesses.

In addition to “Get Caught,” children in kindergarten through sixth grade may sign up for “Kelsie’s Kids Run Club.” And senior citizens may join a walking club called “Silver Sneakers.” Both of these group activities will meet weekly this month.

There will also be two “trail jams,” where musical guests will play music trailside for walkers’ enjoyment.

On Aug. 31 there will be a chip-timed community run on city trails with a 5K and 15K option.

To register for the children’s and seniors’ exercise activities this month or the August run, call the city recreation department at 222-8155.

A full calendar of “Trails Rx” events is available on the Livingston HealthCare website at www.LivingstonHealthCare.org.

Reporter Rose Brown walked 2,657 steps while interviewing and taking photos for this article.

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Rose Brown may be reached at rbrown@livent.net.