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D&L and St. Luke’s University Health Network Say: Get Your Tail on the Trail!

D&L and St. Luke’s University Health Network Say:
Get Your Tail on the Trail!

Get Your Tail on the Trail 

(l-r) Dr. Bonnie Coyle, Director, St. Luke’s Community
Health Department; Kristina Warner, President Elect,
St. Luke’s Auxiliary; Virginia Oskin, President,
St. Luke’s Auxiliary; Elissa Garofalo, President and
Executive Director of D&L, celebrate the $20,000
donation from St. Luke’s Auxiliary to the
Get Your Tail on the Trail program.

Tail on the Trail 

Bethlehem, PA (5-9-2014) -- Delaware & Lehigh National Heritage Corridor (D&L) and St. Luke’s University Health Network are encouraging more residents of the Lehigh Valley and nearby areas to “Get Your Tail on the Trail!” during the launch of its second year.  

Yesterday, D&L, St. Luke’s University Health Network and Bethlehem Health Bureau joined for the kick-off event of the second year of Get Your Tail on the Trail, an initiative to encourage people of all ages and all activity levels to get outdoors, get active and explore nature by walking, running or biking the D&L Trail. 

“St. Luke’s is so pleased to be able to continue to encourage the residents of the Lehigh Valley and surrounding communities to embrace physical activity through our partnership with D&L,” said Bonnie Coyle, MD, Director, St. Luke’s University Health Network Community Health Department.  “We know that daily exercise increases strength and endurance, helps to maintain a healthy weight, decreases the risk of developing Type 2 diabetes and provides you with a more restful sleep.”  Additional benefits of regular exercise include an improved self-esteem, especially for children and adolescents, said Dr. Coyle.  Staying active as a family also provides opportunities for family conversation and allows parents to model healthy behavior for children.

As part of the Get Your Tail on the Trail 2014 kickoff, nearly 300 students, teachers and chaperones from the following schools:  Calypso, Broughal, Donegan, Fountain Hill, Union Terrace and William Penn will walk the trail at Sand Island and learn about the history of the trail and plant preservation efforts, participate in a zumba class, interact with animals from Wildlands Conservancy, investigate St. Luke’s HealthStar van and meet a live mule (an integral part of the lock system on the canals).

Student leaders in participating Leader In Me ® schools will be challenged with the following:  For schools that reach 5,000 miles and for those schools that reach 10,000 miles in the Get Your Tail on the Trail in the program, St. Luke’s will donate $250 and $500 respectively toward fitness equipment or a program that encourages activity.

"It is such a pleasure to see so many regional students and residents being introduced to the D&L Trail because of Get Your Tail on the Trail,” said Elissa Garofalo, President and Executive Director of D&L.  “A huge part of our mission is to connect people with their heritage while providing an accessible, safe, and exciting trail that’s ideal for recreation and events.  The D&L Trail is well-engineered and relatively flat, making it ideal for cyclists, runners and walkers of all skill levels."

In addition to the students, Virginia Oskin, President, St. Luke’s Auxiliary, and Maggie Prorock,  Chair, St. Luke’s Auxiliary Fashion Show, attended the event to present a check for $20,000 from the Fashion Show proceeds to St. Luke’s to help fund future Get Your Tail on the Trail activities.

This is the second year of the Get Your Tail on the Trail program.  The initial challenge launched in Spring of 2013 where 2,500 participants logged a total of 255,000 miles.  The program continued through the winter of 2014 with 580 participants tracking 44,000 miles during the Winter Mini-Challenge. 

 "The Bethlehem Health Bureau is excited to continue this collaboration with St. Luke's and the D&L. This is a great opportunity to encourage community members to be physically active in a fun, innovative way," said Kristen Wenrich, Director, Bethlehem Health Bureau. 

The 2014 Spring Challenge lasts six months from May 1 through November 2, 2014.  Participants will register at for this year’s 165 mile challenge.  Registrants will log miles via the Trail Tracker on the Get Your Tail on the Trail website and receive great prizes as milestone goals are achieved.  For participants looking for an additional challenge, extra prizes can be earned for doubling (330) or tripling (495) miles hiked, biked or jogged.

Participants do not have to accept the 165 mile challenge, but are encouraged to participate at any level of activity.

Tail on the Trail 2013 participant Bill Shive, PT, Rehab Program Manager, VNA of St. Luke’s said, “Last May, I weighed 50 pounds more than I do today.  I joined the Get Your Tail on the Trail program and decided I was going to bike the 165 mile challenge!  At the same time, I started to eat healthier using a smartphone app to track my calories and the Tail on the Trail site to log my miles. As a rehab professional I knew that if I set my exercise and diet goals and persevered, that I could accomplish what I set out to do.  This year, my goal is to maintain my weight loss and continue logging the miles on my bike.”

To help exercisers log miles, St. Luke’s and D&L will be hosting special events throughout the summer and fall near each St. Luke’s campus.  Details on these events can be found at  Events include the St. Luke’s HealthStar van, giveaways and snacks.  Registration is encouraged.   Please call St. Luke’s InfoLink at 1-866-STLUKES (1-866-785-8537).


Denise E. Rader
Director, Network Media Relations
St. Luke's University Health Network