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Trail Promotion

Prescribe-a-Trail Handbook

By: Rails-to-Trails-Conservancy MANUAL
August 21, 2017

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Rails-to-Trails Conservancy (RTC) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to creating a nationwide network of trails from former rail lines and connecting corridors to build healthier places for healthier people.

All over America, hospitals and regional healthcare systems are beginning to tap into the enormous potential of trails to address local health problems. Trails are now recognized as being vital pieces of public health infrastructure. Importantly, they are also free to use, and can be used by almost everyone regardless of their current state of health and fitness.

The Circuit Trails is greater Philadelphia’s regional trail network. A vast network with a vision of 750 miles of multi use trails that is growing in size each year, the Circuit Trails connects our local communities, providing endless opportunities for recreating and commuting. For more information, go to

Because RTC understands the connection between trails and health, it recently created Prescribe-a-Trail (PAT) in the Circuit Trails region as a way to get hospitals and community members out on trails. RTC is working hand in hand with the Circuit Trails Coalition to offer PAT to hospitals at no cost. Throughout southeastern Pennsylvania and New Jersey, we are working with hospitals and community/trail groups to improve health and strengthen the trail community.

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