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New website promotes biking, walking locally

Photo by Keith Lobdell.

— A new website is promoting the trails, roads and parks in the North Country as a great place to “Get Out and Live.”

The website, getoutandlivenorthcountry.org, was created by a partnership of organizations working to get more people walking and biking in the North Country. The group includes Creating Healthy Places, the North Country Healthy Heart Network, the St. Lawrence County Health Initiative and the Essex County Department of Public Health.

“We are looking for people to go online and enter a story and a picture of themselves talking about why you like to walk or bike in the North Country,” Jessica Darney-Buehler of the Essex County Department of Public Health said. “We are also encouraging the maintenance of infrastructure that will help people get out and walk and bike in the region.”

Buehler said the media campaign can be found online, whether at their website, Facebook page or Twitter account.

“We have done a lot of work on policy and this media campaign is the next step,” Buehler said. “It is a new direction for us, but we are in the final year-and-a-half of our five year contract with the Creating Healthy Places program and it is time to look more at the media aspect and getting the word out.”

Buehler said walking and biking throughout the Adirondacks is something that can be a solo adventure or a family affair.

“This is something fun to do with the family, taking a walk in the woods, going on a hike or a family bike ride and having those family experiences locally in the North Country,” she said.

Buehler also said the department had a new tool in helping people find recreation areas throughout the park in the form of a map created with the help of local author Sheri Amsel.

“People really like the map and the places they are able to find with it,” she said.

For more information, visit the website getoutandlivenorthcountry.org or co.essex.ny.us/EssexCountyPublicHealth.

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