This Summer, Make A Plan To Be Healthy While Enjoying The Beautiful Natural Scenery Of Chautauqua County

Submitted by Justin Gould on Fri, 05/31/2024 - 07:11

MAYVILLE, N.Y. - Chautauqua County and the Health Department encourage residents to take in the beautiful natural scenery and wildlife areas throughout the County in a fun and active way. As an added bonus, residents will have a chance to win free groceries.

We have all heard about the many health and wellness benefits of physical activity and exercise.  Health experts recommend adults get 150 minutes of moderate physical activity each week, but that can sound overwhelming or difficult to do. There are many fun and “gym-alternative” ways to be more physically activity, including the fun of hiking our local trails.  A 30 minute hike on 5 trails in a week fulfills all 150 recommended minutes of activity. 

Program details

Sponsored by Wegmans and the Chautauqua County Health Department, The Wegmans Hit the Trail Passport is an interactive and immersive local hiking experience.  Participants will enjoy nature trails in Chautauqua County as mapped out in the Passport.  Complete trails, or segments, listed in the Passport booklet at your own pace throughout the year.  Find and capture the distinctive seal for each trail segment in the frames indicated in the Passport. Upon completion of the Passport participants can earn free Wegmans reusable shopping bags and will be entered to win a $250 Wegmans gift card exclusive to Chautauqua County participants.  Gift card drawings take place in December. 

“National Trails Day is celebrated annually on June 1st and serves as a reminder to get out there and explore our beautiful county,” states Lacey Wilson, Chautauqua County Public Health Director. “It is a day of service for hometown trails and a chance to celebrate the beauty of our county. The Wegmans Hit the Trail Passport provides a fun and free way for residents to be active in nature.  We encourage you to take advantage of this great opportunity!”  

(Anna Damore-Bialkowski (left), 2023 winner with fellow hiking enthusiast, Martha Anderson)

Bill Ward, Chautauqua Rails to Trails President states “We at Chautauqua Rails to Trails are grateful for this partnership between the County and Wegmans. This program, designed to help folks discover an adventure that is literally in their back yard, is brilliant.”

Residents can pick up a Trail Passport at:

  • Wegmans:  945 Fairmount Avenue, Jamestown, NY 
  • Chautauqua County Health Department:  7 North Erie Street, HRC Building, Mayville, NY or
  • Download and print the passport here:  CHQgov.com/Trails  

Since 2005, Wegmans has partnered with local health departments, town and city recreation programs, and park conservancy groups to encourage folks to take advantage of their community’s town and county trails.  It’s part of their commitment to helping their customers enjoy a healthier, better life through great food and healthy activity. 

About Chautauqua County Health Department - The Chautauqua County Health Department is the leading Public Health organization in Chautauqua County dedicated to the support of the community’s health.  The Health Department takes innovative approaches to provide technical assistance to partner organizations, and offers various programs and services in order to help prevent disease, protect the public’s health and promote our community’s overall health and wellness.  For more information visit www.HealthyCHQ.com. 


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