Throughout the spring, LG Health celebrated active lifestyles with a series of events.
During May, LG Health supported National Bike Month with several community events. On National Bike to Work Day, LG Health and the Lancaster Bikes! Coalition hosted an after-work happy hour for bicycle commuters at The Common Wheel’s community bike shop at 324 N. Queen Street. LG Health provided healthy snacks and samples of a Cranberry-Farro Salad from Morrison Dining Services, and handed out bicycle safety tips to commuters.
At the Open Streets Lancaster event in late May, the Lancaster City streets were closed to cars and open for walking, bicycling and playing. The event, sponsored by LG Health, encouraged community members to think of streets as community spaces, not car lanes. LG Health collaborated with the City of Lancaster and the Lancaster Bikes! Coalition to develop a “bike block” where children and adults could safely learn how to use a bicycle.
LG Health cheered on more than 1,000 girls as they completed the Girls on the Run 5K at Franklin & Marshall College. LG Health is a proud sponsor of this program, which builds confidence, decision-making skills and fitness for girls in grades 3-8. The girls complete a 10-week training curriculum before the 5K. Research shows that the program improves physical, mental and social health for girls. Support from LG Health and other sponsors ensures that all girls can participate, regardless of family income.
From roads to trails, LG Health encourages Lancaster County residents of all ages to be active every day. In early June, LG Health sponsored the Riverlands Trail Festival at Columbia Crossing River Trails Center. Having safe places for physical activity near home is essential for healthy living, and Lancaster County is privileged to have biking, hiking and kayaking trails in the Susquehanna Riverlands region. At the Riverlands Trail Festival, community members explored the Northwest River Trail, raced in canoes along the Susquehanna River, listened to live music and ate healthy food from the Bountiful Feast food truck. LG Health staff demonstrated how to strengthen muscles with resistance bands, shared Lighten Up Lancaster cookbooks and helped visitors select healthy drinks with a Hydration Station learning activity.
Bike lanes and shared lane markings (sharrows) guide cyclists throughout city streets.
A Lighten Up Lancaster County team member at the Riverlands Trails Festival.