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LG Health physician Dr. Benjamin Snell discusses how the right environment promotes physical activity during National Trails Day in Columbia.

In June, Lighten Up Lancaster County collaborated with the Lancaster County Conservancy and other state and local agencies to celebrate National Trails Day on the Northwest River Trail between the Columbia Crossing River Trails Building and Marietta.

Lancaster General Health and Lighten Up volunteers staffed five themed stations along the trail, providing bottled water, fruit and wellness information. Participants stamped their passports at each station, then returned their passports for a prize drawing. Lighten Up donated three prize packs with themes related to hiking, fitness or healthy eating. 
Benjamin Snell, MD, Lancaster General Health Physicians - Twin Rose Family Medicine, discussed the importance of community resources, such as the Northwest River Trail, for physical and mental health. “Environment makes a difference,” Dr. Snell said. “People don’t stay healthy without the right environmental conditions. This trail allows people to step outside and do something easy that keeps them healthy and happy.”

More than 300 participants biked, walked, climbed, kayaked and did yoga along the trail for a three-hour trip. Those who made the full round trip from Columbia to Marietta covered nearly six miles.

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