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Spring into Good Health with CMC “Hike for Health” Series

Posted on March 29, 2019

A free Guided Hiking Opportunity April 4 – June 27

In support of improving the overall quality of health of the residents of the Cumberland Plateau, Cumberland Medical Center will host a Hike for Health series. It is a free guided hiking opportunity comprised
Naiad Kuhlman with Missy Kaneof 13 weekly one-mile hikes starting at 10:30 a.m. Those who are interested are welcome to join in the hiking series at any time.

“Hiking your way to good health is so very true,” says Covenant Health Fitness Advocate Missy Kane. “As we age, it’s important to get outdoors and see the beautiful Tennessee scenery. All while giving your heart, lungs, and limbs a great workout, too!”

Exercise is vital in your overall health. The American Heart Association recommends fitting in at least 150 minutes of heart-pumping physical activity each week. Being physically active is important to prevent heart disease and stroke, which are the nation’s top causes of death. Being physically active boosts your immunity, supplements endurance, and helps with disease prevention. Studies also show that exercise goes a long way in helping cancer patients stay strong through treatments and ward off future cancer reoccurrence.

The series will begin Thursday, April 4 at 10:30 a.m. at Centennial Park and conclude back at Centennial Park on June 27 with a Celebration Meal at the park’s pavilion with RSVP to (931) 459-4262.

“I enjoy hiking with my friends. Exercise is the best medicine for me,” says CMC Volunteer Naiad Kuhlman. “The Hike for Health will help both the new and the experienced hikers accomplish a half marathon distance in just 13 weeks. I am looking forward to it.”

When hiking, it’s important to be prepared. Look to the weather forecast and dress accordingly with comfortable clothing and shoes, take water and a light snack, and wear sunscreen. One may also want to wear insect repellent.

Community partners supporting Hike for Health are Crossville Parks & Recreation Department, Cumberland Mountain State Park, Friends of the Trails, and St. Raphael’s Episcopal Church.

The one-mile Hike for Health series starts at 10:30 a.m. at the following locations:

Thursday, April 4 at Centennial Park 
Thursday, April 11 at Meditation Trail
Thursday, April 18 at Cumberland Mountain State Park
Thursday, April 25 at Woodlawn Loop
Thursday, May 2 at Obed River Trail
Thursday, May 9 at Glastowbury in Fairfield Glade
Thursday, May 16 at Centennial Park
Thursday, May 23 at Meditation Trail
Thursday, May 30 at Cumberland Mountain State Park
Thursday, June 6 at Woodlawn Loop
Thursday, June 13 at Obed River Trail
Thursday, June 20 at Glastowbury in Fairfield Glade
Thursday, June 27 at Centennial Park with Celebration Meal to follow with RSVP to (931) 459-4262.

For more information, please call (931) 459-7022 or visit


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