by Lisa Tome
Dr. Joe Weidner's goal is to get people moving.
"We want to help people get off the couch," said Dr. Weidner, of Stone Run Family Medicine in Rising Sun.
"I go running. But this is just the first step of getting people out and moving," said Dr. Weidner.
Weidner and the staff in his office teamed up to go out in the community and find places to walk or run. They also worked to rate the area, providing information such as if an area is well lit, if there are dogs allowed, is a surface paved, and if there is a bathroom. They also ranked the terrain according to if it is easy to navigate, moderate, or challenging. There is also a rating regarding scenic views or points of interest.
"If it wasn't familiar to us, we went out to it," said Dr. Weidner.
They then compiled the information into a brochure and also put an expanded version on the medical practice website at www.StoneRunFamilyMedicine.com/trails. The guide also includes sites nearby in Pennsylvania and in Harford County.
Kelsey Tideberg works at Stone Run Family Medicine as an IT specialist and helped research the walking areas.
"Dr. Weidner wants to motivate people to walk and run.
“We wanted to see what barriers were out there," said Tideberg.
"Perryville Community Park was new to me. It's very accessible and nicely paved," said Tideberg. "It was fun doing the research. We do live in an area where there are a lot of nice parks."
Kate McGuigan also works at Stone Run. She also helped compile the information. "It surprised me that there were so many in Cecil County," said McGuigan, who evaluated Conowingo Park.
The eight focal points are Rising Sun Community Park (Veterans Park), Calvert Regional Park, Grace Bible Chapel, Fitness Trail, Nottingham Park Fitness Circuit, Conowingo Community Park, Perryville Community Park, Rising Sun's Old Rail Path, and Rising Sun's sidewalks. There are 17 additional locations which also receive mention.