New program promotes physical activity and reading for families during summer
It’s time to “Get Outdoors (GO) Adams County!”
The Get Outdoors (GO) Adams! program is a new partnership between WellSpan Health and Adams County Library, promoting reading and physical activity for children during the summer. The initiative will kick off Saturday, June 3 and run through Aug. 20.
The free program encourages children and parents to get outdoors and be physically active by engaging in an adaptation of letterboxing, a hobby in which participants must follow written clues to locate hidden items. This year’s theme is “GO and Build a Better World!”
“We are excited to bring this program to Adams County,” said Kevin Alvarnaz, director of community health and wellness, WellSpan Health. “From Gettysburg to New Oxford, we are hoping to start a new summertime tradition in Adams County through a unique program that will help families stay healthy and have fun.”
Through the GO Adams! program, 15 wooden posts with an attached etched rubbing plate are hidden in various parks and along trails in Adams County. Participants use a crayon or colored pencil to rub the picture on the etched plate onto the corresponding page within their activity book. Participants are also encouraged to share photos of their GO hunts, and offer tips, via the program’s Facebook page.
All children who locate and rub three unique etchings on the rubbing sheet that accompanies their activity book receive a reward for participating in the program. There are additional grand prizes awarded based on the number of landmarks located.
“We are excited to be partnering with WellSpan Health to bring the ‘GO and Build a Better World!’ program to the families in Adams County,” said Sara Edmiston, community relations librarian, Adams County Library. “Including ‘GO and Build a Better World!’ as part of the Library System's summer reading program will not only help prevent the ‘summer slide,’ it will also encourage healthy family fun, an integral part of basic health literacy.”
WellSpan started the Get Outdoors program 10 years ago as a collaboration with York County Libraries. Since then, WellSpan has worked with other libraries from throughout its service area to expand the program in Lancaster, Lebanon and now Adams counties.
The program is funded through WellSpan’s Community Partnership Grant Program. These grants are awarded to nonprofit organizations that improve the health of the communities and people WellSpan serves. Last year, WellSpan awarded more than $230,000 in grants to local community organizations.
For more information about the GO Adams! program, visit www.GoAdams.org. For more information on WellSpan’s Community Partnership Grants, visit www.WellSpan.org.
About WellSpan Health
WellSpan Health is an integrated health system that serves the communities of central Pennsylvania and northern Maryland. The organization is comprised of a multispecialty medical group of more than 1,200 physicians and advanced practice clinicians, a home care organization, six respected hospitals, more than 15,000 employees, and more than 130 patient care locations. WellSpan is a charitable, mission-driven organization, committed to exceptional care for all, lifelong wellness and healthy communities.