A Dose of the Outdoors - Rx for the Body and Soul!

Health Care has certainly been in the news and on our minds over the past few years. With more time, money and energy spent on stayingfamily hiking healthy, insurance companies are looking for new ways to cut their bottom line. Studies have shown that maintaining health is much less expensive than fixing health woes once they occur, so many insurance companies are looking for ways to encourage a healthy, active lifestyle. It's no surprise that being in the great outdoors is good for us!

Sunset Magazine reports on a new trend called "Park Rx": your health insurance actually pays for entrance fees at state and national parks. The idea was launched at (read more about the history of the Parks Prescription program). Some local governments are even catching on: the state of New Mexico is building a system of "Prescription Trails" to fight the rising diabetes rates (, and in CA the SeeChange Health insurance program now reimburses patients for entry fees to 278 state parks.

So come meander down a trail in Rocky Mountain National Park, turns out it's GOOD FOR YOU! Be sure to visit for all sorts of healthy activities in and around America's favorite national park, doctor's orders.

National Park Week

Hey, did you know that April 16th-24th is National Park Week? "What's that?" you say - well it's a week when all of our great nation's 394 naturalsprague lake at sunset playgrounds throw open their gates for FREE! So bring your family, bring your friends, tell your book club, "SPRING IS HERE and let's get outside to play!"

There are great activities in the park: from hiking, horseback riding, nature programs, fishing, to easy strolls and spectacular views from the comfort of your car. It's your park, so come explore!

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