The Prescription Trails, or ‘Script Trails, initiative focuses on increasing the number of steps a person takes. So most of the resources listed on this site are walking routes and hiking trails. However, all exercise is good; stretching, strength training, biking, swimming,skiing, dancing, and paddling are all excellent and fun activities. Therefore, you will find resources for all types of local activities here.
O’Connor Hospital, working in collaboration with the Delaware County Public Health Services, Margaretville Memorial Hospital, Tri-Town Regional Hospital and Delaware Valley Hospital, Cornell Cooperative Extension Delaware County and the Rural Health Alliance of Delaware County seeks to enhance the population health and disease management initiatives by implementing Prescription Trails, or ‘Script Trails, and Complete Street projects. The long-term objective of these projects is to prevent chronic disease, increase physical activity in youth and adults, and promote a built environment which promotes healthy styles and reduces illness. The short-term objectives are to increase the number of marked walking routes or trails and the number of people (youth and adults) who report getting regular physical exercise- mainly through walking!
Additionally, the project partners will ask all 15 municipalities in Delaware County to mark a walking route and sign a Complete Street policy.
You will be more likely to stick with an exercise routine if you choose an activity that you enjoy. So we encourage you to keep coming back to our site and to start with something you like and try other or new activities too!
Who can use the Prescription Trail Program?
Anyone and everyone can use Prescription Trails resources and materials. Here is a list of a few things that might increase the likelihood that a person should use Prescription Trails.
- Waist measures 35 inches or greater for females and 40 inches or greater for males.
- Job change
- Started college and gained the Freshmen 15!
- Recent gain in weight
- Want to impress
- High blood pressure
- Transition from school to job
- Desk job
- Like to play
- In recovery
- Drive a lot
- Too much screen time
- Looking for fun free or low to no cost activities
- Family Friendly Fun
- Hoping to meet new, more or different people
- Change in lifestyle
- Spouse or kids driving you crazy and need a release
- Have beer gut
Why should I participate in Prescription Trails?
Whoever wrote you the script for Prescription Trails, cares about you! Doctors, Nurse Practitioners, Physician Assistants, Social Workers, Case Workers, Teachers, Nurses, Counselors, Parents, Friends, Caregivers, annoying mothers -all care about You & Your Health.
Primary care providers will use the Prescription Trails and Complete Streets program as a tool to counsel patients (kids and adults) about the benefits that physical activity has on preventing and managing chronic disease. Primary care providers will write scripts to patients to get physical activity by walking, biking, or hiking on marked walking routes and trails in Delaware County.
Physical Activity can be fun, motivating, inspirational, and beneficial to your health. Honor yourself by having fun with the Prescription you’ve been given, and get physical activity.
After all, “Walking is the single most effective form of exercise to achieve health” (Amercian Heart Association) and “Studies show that for every hour of walking, life expectancy may increase by 2 hours.” (Amercian Heart Association)
Rules, Guidelines and Safety
- Prescription Trails is encouraging the community to get up and move more. Please do so carefully. Your Prescription Trails prescriber cannot be held liable; you are responsible for your own safety.
- Some village sidewalks are uneven – pick your feet up and watch your step
- Street lights – most places do NOT have street lights. This area is RURAL. Bring a flash light, wear reflective clothing, walk on the shoulder or fog line of the road and use common sense.
- Some routes are on private property or public property with restricted use! Obey hours of operation.
- LEAVE NO TRACE. The world is not your ash tray nor garbage can. If you carry it on a trail, carry it out.
- We love your dogs and kids but not everyone does. When appropriate keep dogs and kids on leases. Pick up after them. Do not leave poop or dirty diapers on a walking routes or trail.
- Be careful of public displays of affection. There are ticks, bugs, and bears! Wear protection at all times, It is wise to keep your body fully covered, depending on the time of year you may want bug spray, sunscreen, hats, mittens, and/or gloves!
- Shoes and Water. Bring water and always wear sturdy comfortable footwear. Never leave home with out appropriate foot wear (sneakers or boots) and water.