Prescription Trails: Go take a hike for better health

September 1, 2011 • Local News

Doctors in Roswell may soon be prescribing something that’s free, fun, 100 percent natural and best of all, can help prevent a multitude of illnesses.

Through an initiative called Prescription Trails, Roswell doctors could soon be prescribing something as simple as walking to their patients. Prescription Trails began in Albuquerque in 2006 as part of the New Mexico Health Care Takes On Diabetes program. Prescription Trails has since been adopted by Santa Fe and Las Cruces. Staff at the New Mexico Department of Health Region 4 office — which has been instrumental in bringing Prescription Trails to Roswell — discussed the initiative over a healthy, fruit-and-veggie-packed lunch Tuesday afternoon. A surprise special guest — the New Mexico Department of Health Secretary Catherine Torres — accompanied them.

Even more than simply having doctors tell their patients to walk, the Prescription Trails program requires that a community identify safe and accessible walking trails. These trails must be wheelchair accessible, Login to read more

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