Enjoy the park all summer; join the HPHP Ride and Run for Heart Health in September
Are you ready to get outside and move? It does more for your health than you'd think. After a stressful year where isolation bogged down many, it’s time to revisit the natural beauty of Cape Cod and get moving to improve our overall health.
Now in its seventh year, the Healthy Parks, Healthy People program – a partnership between Cape Cod Healthcare and the National Park Service – promotes health and wellness for the community.
The trails, beaches and resources of the Cape Cod National Seashore are the backdrop for this program that fosters the role of parks and public lands as a health prevention strategy, encouraging healthy lifestyle choices, connecting to nature and the outdoors and environmental sustainability. The National Seashore is a treasure that connects our community to nature. By walking, hiking, biking, kayaking, swimming or paddle boarding, residents and visitors can have fun in a beautiful setting, while increasing their overall health and wellness.
Our population is increasingly facing an increase of major health problems associated with weight, heart disease, diabetes, childhood obesity and hypertension. Regular exercise has been shown to reduce obesity, manage diabetes, lower blood pressure and lower risks for heart disease and other chronic disease.
The Healthy Parks, Healthy People program stresses the benefits of outdoor exercise and appreciation of nature as means to improved health. Healthcare providers may even prescribe, as medically appropriate, walking at the National Seashore as part of the Healthy Parks, Healthy People program via a written “park prescription.”
The Cape Cod National Seashore is unique within the U.S. park system because of its intimate and intricate connection with our community. Its 44,000 acres wind through and around Provincetown, Truro, Wellfleet, Eastham, Chatham and Orleans. Every year, more than four million people – visitors, residents and seasonal residents- enjoy the abundant nature and recreation offered by the Cape Cod National Seashore.
Learn more about Ranger-guided activities and view a full trail guide for hiking and biking.
While the trails, beaches and woodlands are available to enjoy year-round, the Healthy Parks, Healthy People program culminates in September, with the the HPHP Ride and Run for Heart Health on September 18.
This fun family event raises funds to benefit the Cape Cod Healthcare Cardiac Rehabilitation Program and the Friends of the National Seashore in an in-person or virtual 5K or 5-mile walk/run or a virtual 10- or 35-mile cycling ride on the route of your choice. The event is open to all ages.
Starting in July, CCHC employees can begin training for the event through our Employee Wellness Program, which hosts a Couch-to-5K training schedule.
On race day, participants in the in-person HPHP Ride and Run will meet at Nauset High School and run on local roads and trails in the National Seashore. An awards ceremony and afterparty with healthy food trucks and locally sourced treats will follow at Nauset High. Virtual participants will have the weekend to complete their personal challenge.
Register to take part in this family-friendly event.