Trek for Health Provides Exercise for your Body and your Mind with StoryWalk™

Contact: Eileen Druckenmiller
(802) 447-5558
15 April 2010

BENNINGTON — Southwestern Vermont Health Care (SVHC)’s Wellness Connection and Trek for Health, in collaboration with the New England Tropical Conservatory (NETC), brings StoryWalk™ to southern Vermont for the first time. StoryWalk™ combines reading and activity in a way that is fun for the whole family. The project will be installed at NETC from April 28 through June 27.

The StoryWalk™ Project was created by Anne Ferguson of Montpelier and developed in collaboration with the Vt. Bicycle and Pedestrian Coalition and the Kellogg-Hubbard Library in Montpelier. It combines a children’s story with an area walking route. Pages from the children’s storybook are separated and laminated and placed at regular intervals along the chosen walking path. StoryWalk™ was created in 2007.and has been installed in more than 30 Vermont communities and in 10 other states since then.

The books featured on the half-mile route at the New England Tropical Conservatory are Rail Trail Alphabet Adventures by Carolyn Siccama from April 28 to May 17 and I Took my Frog to the Library by Eric Kimmel from June 6 to June 27. The New England Tropical Conservatory is on Route 7 South in Bennington, just 1.3 miles south of the town center. To find out more about NETC, visit

Trek for Health is a pedometer-based walking program sponsored by SVHC and now in its fifth year. To find out more about Trek for Health, SVHC’s Wellness Connection, or the StoryWalk™ Project in Bennington, visit

The Wellness Connection is a community outreach service of SVHC that offers an ongoing schedule of health forums, classes, and screenings. SVHC is a community-based, not-for-profit charitable organization that exists solely for the benefit of the communities it serves.