Online Services

Our Government

News and Events

Maps, Facts & Stats

State & Federal

Take 12 Steps for Health

Take 12 Calendar


July 2015

STEP 7: Get OUTdoors

Rock OUT! Cook OUT! Wipe OUT! Everything OUT is IN – so get out and make summer memories.

Making Healthy Strides

  • Give Back: Support your parks! The Park Authority has approximately 420 parks on 23,194 acres of land, offering over 370 miles of trails, one of our most popular amenities. Visit today!
  • Go Green: While camping, make sure to dispose garbage in the proper garbage receptacle at the campground or to pack it up and take it home with you. It’s also a great idea to leave the campground nicer than you found it, by cleaning up any type of litter that was there when you arrived.
  • Get Active: Challenge yourself with a hike at Scott’s Run Nature Preserve in McLean, Virginia. Some of the park’s trails are gentle and wind quietly through forest. Other trails require hiking up and down precipitously steep hills and cliffs.

Sources: Fairfax County Park Authority Fast Facts
Inhabitots: 6 Tips for Eco-Friendly Family Camping Trips
Fairfax County Park Authority Scott's Run Nature Preserve

Checklist: Pack for Camping

Before you head out into the wilderness, make sure you’re adequately packed by using this checklist from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

❑ Adequate bedding/sleeping bag and extra blankets
❑ Lightweight, light-colored clothing, including long sleeves and pants
❑ Tent and plastic ground cloth
❑ Insect repellent containing DEET for skin
❑ Permethrin insect repellent for clothing
❑ Broad-spectrum sunscreen and lipscreen with SPF 15 or higher
❑ Wide-brimmed hat and sunglasses
❑ Healthy on-the-go snacks and other food
❑ Water and other alcohol-free and sugar-free fluids
❑ Insulated cooler
❑ Alcohol-based hand sanitizer
❑ Life jacket, helmet, and other protective gear
❑ First-aid kit
❑ Compass or GPS
❑ Map
❑ Flashlights
❑ Extra batteries
❑ Sturdy shoes
❑ Extra set of clothes
❑ Medical record, including information on vaccinations; insect, food, plant, and other allergies; diseases and conditions; medicines, dosing schedules, and storage instructions; emergency contacts; and activities your doctor says to avoid.

Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

Get More, OUTdoors!

In a recent survey conducted in 2014 by the National Recreation and Parks Association, adults reported they most enjoy outdoor activities in parks that create healthy lifestyles, promote conservation and environmental awareness, and foster a stronger sense of community. Here are some other findings:

Source: National Recreation and Parks Association

Exploring with Trail Buddy

Fairfax County offers over 900 miles of trails, bikeways and sidewalks for non-motorized transportation. Navigating this interconnected system can be a challenge, but with Fairfax Trail Buddy, knowing where you are and where you are going is a whole lot easier.

Fairfax Trail Buddy is a map application that allows the public to navigate the extensive network of Fairfax County trails. Fairfax Trail Buddy also provides access to the Bike Fairfax Interactive Bike Map, which highlights the most desirable on-road and off-road bike routes for recreational and commuter bicyclists.

The web map is accessible from all types of devices and operating systems. For mobile devices, search for the ArcGIS application and install it to your device. After you have installed the application, open ArcGIS and use the search tool to find the "Fairfax Trail Buddy." Select the map to immediately view or add to your favorites for future reference. Activate the GPS functionality of your device to dynamically reference your location on the map.

Source: Park Authority Trails Information




Healthy Strides Race, Expo Presented NACo Award

Achievement Award Winner

The Fairfax County Park Authority’s Healthy Strides Community 5k/10k Race and Healthy Strides Expo will receive a 2015 Achievement Award next month at the National Association of Counties (NACo) 2015 Annual Conference and Exposition. NACo’s annual awards program is designed to recognize innovative county government programs, and the Healthy Strides event is being honored in the Parks and Recreation category.

Take 12 Steps for Community Health

Download Your

Take 12 Steps for Community Health in 2015 Calendar

Download 2015 Calendar

Download 2014 Calendar

12 Months, 12 healthy goals. Don't miss out on this year's great community wellness opportunities in the Fairfax County community! The calendar contains fitness and wellness tips, ways to improve your nutritional habits, and better health ideas for kids, teens and adults. Also, the calendar contains coupons to use throughout the year. STEP UP to better health!

The Take 12 program is free and anyone can participate at any time. This program is designed to:

  • Help you accomplish healthy goals each month, with tips to keep you going for the duration.
  • Give you access to information - free workshops are available each month on different healthy topics and bulletin boards loaded with information are posted at all the RECenters.
  • Provide an opportunity for you to experience fitness and wellness programs offered across Fairfax County.
  • Empower you to make important lifestyle changes... you can do it!
  • Plus, sign-up to receive the monthly e-newsletter, packed with recipes and healthy tips, upcoming events, and opportunities to achieve your Take 12 goals!
2015 Healthy Strides Community 5k/10K, Burke Lake Park, April 25, 2015
2015 Healthy Strides Community Expo, Burke Lake Park, April 25, 2015
Healthy Strides Save the Date 2016 - Community 5K/10K April 23; Expo April 22

We are seeking support from local businesses and organizations for Take 12! Steps for Community Health in 2015. Our participants are the same people your business is looking to attract. Take advantage of this opportunity.



Healthy Workshops and Events are always being added!
Check our events calendar often for great opportunities in the community.

All events are free (unless indicated with a "$") and require advanced registration.
To register, please email Take12@fairfaxcounty.gov.


We are looking for people who have used the Take 12 program and found better health as a result of their participation. We are also looking for any kind of feedback about the program - the calendar, events, workshops, tips, articles - anything that you want to tell us, we're listening! Email us at Take12@fairfaxcounty.gov.


Take 12 Newsletter
Please complete the form below to activate your subscription.
Required Fields


Email: Take12@fairfaxcounty.gov
Phone: 703-324-8423

Mailing Address:
Fairfax County Park Authority
Attn: Take 12 Program
12055 Government Center Pkwy, Suite 425
Fairfax, VA 22035-1118

All content within www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/rec/take12/ is provided for general information only, and should not be treated as a substitute for the medical advice of your own doctor or any other health care professional. Always consult your doctor if you are concerned about your health. Always consult your physician or health care provider before taking any new medication, beginning any program of exercise, or following any health or wellness advice contained herein.

Contact Fairfax County: Phone, Email or Twitter | Main Address: 12000 Government Center Parkway, Fairfax, VA 22035
Technical Questions: Web Administrator

ADA Accessibility | Website Accessibility
Awards | FOIA | Mobile | Using this Site | Web Disclaimer & Privacy Policy | Get Adobe Reader
Official site of the County of Fairfax, Virginia, © Copyright 2015

Website Feedback Website Feedback    Globe with various flags representing Web site language translations   Language Translations

Return to Graphic Version