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Get Outdoors York! program returns for 12th year

May 31, 2019

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Annual summer program is back, promoting physical activity and reading

For the 12th consecutive year, children and families across York County are encouraged to “Get Outdoors (GO)” through the GO York! program.

GO! York is an annual partnership between WellSpan Health and York County Libraries. Promoting reading and physical activity for children during the summer, the GO York! initiative officially kicks off June 1 and will run through Sunday, Aug. 18.

“The partnership with York County Libraries continues to enhance the opportunities for families to participate in physical activity and reading,” said Sandy Gladfelter, WellSpan Health Educator, Community Health and Wellness. “As this program continues to grow, the number of children and adults out exploring the state and local parks throughout York County is expanding. Connecting the physical aspect of the hikes with corresponding books in the libraries brings the program full circle – exercising the body and mind. It is a very unique and special program offering local residents a fun, safe, family activity.”

Each year the free program encourages children and parents to get outdoors and be physically active by engaging in an adaptation of letterboxing, a hobby in which participants must follow written clues to locate hidden items. This year, the program focuses on launch pads with the theme, “GO and Explore the Universe!”

Through the GO York! program, 30 wooden posts with an attached etched rubbing plate are hidden in various parks and along trails in York County. Participants use a crayon or colored pencil to rub the picture on the etched plate onto the corresponding page within their activity book. Participants are also encouraged to share photos of their GO hunts, and offer tips, via the program’s Facebook page.

Kids who turn in their etching sheets with at least three completed etchings will receive a prize. Additional grand prizes will be awarded, based on the number of etched rubbings completed.

Last year, York County Libraries distributed more than 9,000 GO and Make Music! Musical Score rubbing sheets.

“GO York! is an integral part of the York County Libraries SummerQuest program. Children and families look forward every year to exploring area parks through this unique physical activity program,” says Deb Sullivan, community relations director for York County Libraries.” “It provides a natural teaching opportunity for parents to introduce their children to nature and the healthy habit of exercise while having fun as a family.”

Since launching the GO program in York County 12 years ago, WellSpan has worked with other libraries throughout its service area to expand the program to Adams, Lancaster and Lebanon counties.

The GO program in all four counties is funded through WellSpan Health’s Community Partnership Grant Program. These grants are awarded to nonprofit organizations that improve the health of the communities and people WellSpan serves.

For more information about the GO York! program, visit www.GoYork.org. For more information on WellSpan’s Community Partnership Grants and other ways in which WellSpan promotes healthy communities, visit www.WellSpan.org/Neighbors.

About WellSpan Health
WellSpan Health is an integrated health system that serves the communities of central Pennsylvania and northern Maryland. The organization is comprised of approximately 1,500 employed physicians and advanced practice clinicians, a regional behavioral health organization, a home care organization, eight respected hospitals, more than 19,000 employees, and more than 170 patient care locations. WellSpan is a charitable, mission-drivenorganization, committed to exceptional care for all, lifelong wellness and healthy communities.