Stay Active This Summer with the Monday Mile

 Syracuse University’s Lerner Center for Public Health Promotion and the City of Syracuse Department of Parks, Recreation & Youth Programs have partnered to launch the second community-wide Monday Mile Parks Passport Summer Challenge to encourage residents to get physically active this summer with the Monday Mile.

The Monday Mile Parks Passport Challenge was introduced during the summer of 2015 and encouraged people to walk a mile on Monday for their health.  Participants committed to completing three, six, thirteen or seventeen one-mile walks and earned incentives for achieving their goal.  The Passport Challenge utilized the seventeen marked, Monday Mile walking routes located across Onondaga County, many in city and county parks.

The Monday Mile is part of the Lerner Center’s Healthy Monday initiative, which supports people using Monday as a day to start or sustain healthy behaviors in an effort to reduce the development of chronic disease.  The Monday Mile was launched in Onondaga County in 2012 by the Lerner Center in partnership with the Mayor and County Executive’s offices to support safe, walkable spaces in the community.

“The Monday Mile is a great way to start the week with physical activity and people who start on Monday are more likely to be active the rest of the week”, said Leah Moser, Program Coordinator of the Lerner Center.  “It is also an opportunity to enjoy the beautiful summer in Central New York and discover great parks you may not have visited before.”

Those interested in participating can register online for the Monday Mile Parks Passport Summer Challenge, and pick up a passport from the City Parks office or a number of parks locations. The passport lists all the Monday Mile routes across the community where people can walk and you can find PDF maps on our Monday Mile page. Participants can also join a weekly group walk or walk anytime during the week on their own.  Participants earn prizes for completing a goal of miles walked.

The Summer Challenge runs from June 6th to August 1st.  Participants can register at any time for the challenge on the Parks Passport page  and find the schedule for weekly group walks.  The next walk will be held June 20th at Schiller Park at 5:15pm.  Make the most of the brief, yet beautiful Upstate New York summer by spending some time in our great parks and walking your way to better health.