More than 100 Attend RiseVT’s National Take a Walk in a Park Event
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More than 100 Attend RiseVT’s National Take a Walk in a Park Event

BENNINGTON, VT—April 2, 2019—One hundred and twenty-five members of the public gathered for National Take a Walk in a Park Day on Saturday at Willow Park. The family-friendly event included a scavenger hunt, giveaways, snacks, a raffle for a year-long membership to the YMCA/Bennington Recreation Center, and certificates of completion.

“We are so pleased that so many people came out to enjoy this fun and active event,” said Andrea Malinowski, RiseVT’s program coordinator in Bennington County. “It is great to see people enjoy the outdoors with their families and neighbors and get a little exercise while they are at it.”

RiseVT partners for the event included the Alliance for Community Transformations, Bennington ACES (a youth tennis program, which stands for Academic Community Engagement Support), Hannaford Supermarket of Bennington, Southwestern Vermont Health Care, and YMCA\Bennington Recreation Center.

Families enjoyed a warm breezy day as they attempted to earn 71 scavenger-hunt points through physical challenges like hula hooping and jumping rope.

RiseVT is a statewide health initiative to help all Vermonters embrace healthy lifestyles where they live, work, learn and play. More information can be found at

About SVHC:
Southwestern Vermont Health Care (SVHC) is a comprehensive, preeminent, health care system providing exceptional, convenient, and affordable care to the communities of Bennington and Windham Counties of Vermont, eastern Rensselaer and Washington Counties of New York, and northern Berkshire County in Massachusetts. SVHC includes Southwestern Vermont Medical Center (SVMC), Southwestern Vermont Regional Cancer Center, the Centers for Living and Rehabilitation, and the SVHC Foundation. SVMC includes 25 primary and specialty care practices.

Southwestern Vermont Health Care complies with applicable Federal civil rights laws and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, disability, or sex. Language assistance services, free of charge, are available at 1-800-367-9559.


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