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Doctor’s orders – take a hike

Jack London State Park

Sunday April 2017 - 1:00pm to

Beginning April 23, Jack London State Historic Park joins Sonoma County State and Regional Parks and Sonoma County Trails to launch the “ParkRx for Health” initiative throughout Sonoma County. ParkRx is a collaborative national prescription program between health care providers and park professionals designed to help improve the well-being of Sonoma County residents through regular exercise, and promote a healthier lifestyle by engaging with nature.

ParkRx healthcare professionals “prescribe” activities that introduce their patients to safe, low impact walking or outdoor physical activities in nature. Here’s how it works: A patient will receive a paper prescription from their healthcare provider for ParkRx monthly activities at any participating Sonoma County park or trail. At Jack London Park, all fees – registration for specific ParkRx walks as well as parking fees – will be waived for patients who show this treatment prescription when they enter the park.

On April 23 at Jack London State Park, there will be a 1-mile, easy “Wolf House Walk,” 1-2:30 p.m. Event includes a pre- and post-walk blood pressure checks by Sonoma Valley Hospital, as well as discussion during the walk about physiological response to activities, led by Marek Grzybowski, physical therapist and outpatient rehabilitation manager for Sonoma Valley Hospital.

Another activity offered that day is a “Family Hike.” As part of Jack London State Historic Park’s commitment to the ParkRx program, there will be ongoing activities including Wolf House Walks, Family Hikes, Walks with a Doc, and Hiking for Fitness. For more information, go to

A complete list of participating park and tr
ail locations and activities is available at

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