Healthy Strides

Fairfax County, Virginia

CONTACT INFORMATION:

703-324-8702
TTY 711

12055 Government Center Pkwy.
Fairfax, Virginia 22035

Elizabeth Ittner, M.S.,
Certified Wellness Practitioner

Healthy Strides

 

2019 Calendar Cover

Step 1: First Hike Fairfax

Step into 2020 with a healthy hike! Dress for the weather and get out to a parks…we have trails for all experience levels and abilities. Participate in First Hike Fairfax. To learn more, visit First Hike.

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January’s Featured Park: Scott’s Run Nature Preserve

  • Walk the trails through this dynamic park of rocks and river.
  • Watch for birds and other unusual plants and animals that call this park home.
  • Become a “Weed Warrior” and volunteer to help remove invasive plants from the park.

For more info about Scott's Run, visit Scott's Run

SCAVENGER HUNT CLUE:

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TAKE THE STAIRS TO SEE WHERE I STAND TALL AMONGST THE TREES.

Join the 2020 MISSION: GET ACTIVE Scavenger Hunt and head out to Scott’s Run Nature Preserve to solve the clue. ACCEPT THE MISSION! Visit the SCAVENGER HUNT tab on the Healthy Strides webpage to download your Scavenger Hunt form and get started earning prizes!

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Being active outdoors supports health and wellness. Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is the GET ACTIVE in the parks! Visit Fairfax County Parks to connect with nature and your health.

Follow along with the 2020 Healthy Strides calendar and complete this scavenger hunt throughout the year. Parks can be visited in any order. Use the clue associated with the featured park to guide you to an attraction unique to that park. Prizes are awarded based on number of parks visited and items found on this list. Good luck and have fun!

# FEATURED PARK CLUE
1 Scott’s Run Nature Preserve
7400 Georgetown Pike
McLean, Virginia
Take the stairs to see where I stand tall amongst the trees.
2 Cub Run RECenter
4630 Stonecroft Blvd.
Chantilly, Virginia
You can find me swimming in the RECenter lobby.
3 Pinecrest Golf Course
6600 Little River Turnpike
Alexandria, Virginia
Species of bird seen on the Audubon International sign.
4 Burke Lake Park
7315 Ox Road
Fairfax Station, Virginia
From here, you can drop a line far into the lake.
5 Lake Fairfax Park
1400 Lake Fairfax Drive
Reston, Virginia
This place of ups and downs provides all the energy needed to make you go.
6 Lake Accotink Park
7500 Accotink Park Road
Springfield, Virginia
I forever sit on top of the weathervane at the marina.
7 Lee District Park
601 Telegraph Road Franconia, Virginia
These can be used to make music on Chessie’s Trail.
8 South Run Park
7550 Reservation Drive
Springfield, Virginia
It’s a special place at the front entrance to South Run Park where all the plants grow.
9 Clemyjontri Park
6317 Georgetown Pike
McLean, Virginia
I hop along the pages, yet I never move.
10 Green Spring Gardens
4603 Green Spring Road
Alexandria, Virginia
My plaque will tell you the year I was built.
11 Frying Pan Farm Park
2709 West Ox Road
Herndon, Virginia
I’m big, red, the animals live inside and my name is posted over the door.
12 The Turner Farm
925 Springvale Road
Great Falls, Virginia
How far does the sidewalk go?

Accept the Mission

  1. Get your Scavenger Hunt form.

    Click HERE to download and print your form. Clues, locations and submission instructions are found on the form.

  2. Visit the Featured Parks

    Visit the featured parks throughout the year in any order. Follow the clues to find the items at each park. Check the FCPA website ahead of time for park hours. Don’t forget to take pictures of your mission – we’d love to see you in action!

  3. Submit YOUR MISSION

    When you have visited at least six (6) parks or found at least six (6) items, submit your completed scavenger hunt form between March 1 – December 15, 2020.

  4. Earn Prizes

    The more featured parks you visit and clues you solve, the more prizes you earn!

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GOT PHOTOS? Snap a photo of yourself completing your scavenger hunt mission in the parks OR of you doing something healthy in the parks. Your photo may be featured on our website! Send your photos to FCPAHealthyStrides@fairfaxcounty.gov.

Make healthy strides in your own life by joining the Healthy Strides Wellness Book Club! This club is for adults and meets at different Fairfax County Public Library sites each month. Discussion on the featured books will be led by a Healthy Strides Ambassador, on topics in health, fitness, nutrition and wellness.

2020 Schedule and Book List to be released soon… check back!

PROGRAM LAUNCHING IN 2020

Play an important part of creating a healthy culture and community in Fairfax County! We are seeking people who are passionate about health and wellness, who are familiar with FCPA’s Healthy Strides program, and who want to tell a story of community wellness through parks. As a Healthy Strides Ambassador, you can participate in any of these roles:

  • Walking Group Leader – lead walks for the Healthy Strides Walking Group program. Must complete a basic training and commit to at least one hour per week.
  • Wellness Book Club Discussion Leader – read the book of the month (complimentary) and lead the discussion for that book at the scheduled Fairfax County Public Library.
  • Staff Support – help with Healthy Strides events, including the 5k/10k, monthly workshops and health fairs
  • Outreach – attend community events, representing FCPA’s Healthy Strides program
  • Park Rx Advocate – talk to doctors and medical practitioners about prescribing parks.

What is Park Rx?

Park Rx There are currently more than 400 studies that demonstrate the numerous health benefits that nature provides. FCPA’s Park Rx program is encouraging local medical practitioners to act on this research and prescribe park visits and activities as a way for managing chronic health conditions. There will be resources for patients and practitioners on the Healthy Strides website, coming soon.

 

All Healthy Strides Ambassadors receive a Welcome Packet, including a special Healthy Strides Ambassador t-shirt, water bottle, and “Ask Me” pin, as well as the benefits of being an FCPA volunteer.

APPLY TO BE A HEALTHY STRIDES AMBASSADOR — YOU WILL BE CONTACTED IN 2020 WITH MORE DETAILS

  • Click, APPLY (at the top).
  • You will be taken to a login screen. If you’re an existing FCPA volunteer, login to your account.
  • If you are NEW, click the “NEW VOLUNTEER SIGN UP” button at the top right.
    • This takes 10-15 minutes to complete. Please fill out the necessary fields, and review the documentation provided. Also, indicate your availability (the last question)

 

COMING IN 2020

Connect with new people, breathe fresh air… Get OUT and WALK! Healthy Strides Walking Groups meet at local parks on a weekly basis. Walk distance, level of difficulty, and population vary by group. All walking groups are led by a trained Healthy Strides Ambassador.

Healthy Strides 12 Steps to a Healthier You

About Healthy Strides

Welcome to Healthy Strides – giving you 12 Steps for a Healthier Year! Don't miss out on this year's great wellness opportunities in the Fairfax County community!

The Healthy Strides 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 and a Wellness Book Club are available each month on different healthy topics.
  • Provide an opportunity for you to experience wellness programs offered across Fairfax County, including Mini-Health Fairs, held quarterly.
  • Empower you to make important lifestyle changes... you can do it!
 
*There is a registration fee to participate in the Healthy Strides 5k/10k.

Contact Us
Healthy Strides Program Coordinator:
Elizabeth Ittner, M.S., Certified Wellness Practitioner
Wellness Program Coordinator, Fairfax County Park Authority
Email | FCPAHealthyStrides@fairfaxcounty.gov

Important Dates this Month

Thyroid Glaucoma Awareness Month

January is Thyroid Awareness Month and Glaucoma Awareness Month.

1: New Year’s Day 2020
1: RECenter Membership Sale begins
2: Winter session aqua classes begin
4: World Braille Day
4: Winter session land/fitness classes begin
9: National Law Enforcement Appreciation Day
11: Astronomy Festival at Turner Farm Observatory
19: Healthy Weight Week
20: Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
20: Global Youth Service Day
21: Hug Day
23: Spring Parktakes is out!
23: Women’s Healthy Weight Day
25: Lunar New Year
31: National Preschool Health & Fitness Day

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