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Northern Westchester Hospital Forms Partnership With Westchester Land Trust

Northern Westchester Hospital and the Westchester Land Trust recently formed a partnership and held a wellness hike.
Northern Westchester Hospital and the Westchester Land Trust recently formed a partnership and held a wellness hike. Photo Credit: Facebook/NWH

Northern Westchester Hospital and the Westchester Land Trust recently formed a partnership to promote the beneficial connection between human wellness and access to nature.

On Sunday, April 10, more than 30 people participated in a free Family Wellness Hike co- hosted by NWH and WLT.

During the two hour hike at the Westchester Wilderness Walk / Zofnass Family Preserve in Pound Ridge, children and adults learned about the merits of diet and exercise for both physical and mental well-being and gained a deeper understanding of the relationship between environmental health and human health.

Co-led by WLT’s Director of Stewardship, Tate Bushell, and NWH’s Director of Community Health Education & Outreach, Maria Simonetti, the event was the first collaboration between a health provider and a conservation organization in Westchester.

Paul Zofnass, founder and namesake of the 150-acre preserve, was on hand to welcome program attendees.

The NWH/WLT partnership was spearheaded by community volunteers Gretchen Menzies and Amy Ferguson.

Menzies is the owner of The Reading Room and Little Joe's Books in Katonah and a member of the NWH Foundation Board of Directors.

Ferguson, a resident of Mt. Kisco, is a member of the WLT Board of Directors.

The next joint activity is a guided meditation, Wednesday, May 11 at WLT’s 9-acre Pine Croft Meadow Preserve located off Route 35 on Mead Street in Lewisboro.

It will be offered from 10 a.m.-12 p.m. WLT’s Betty Sue Hanson, a Reiki Master and Earth Walk Facilitator, will be joined by Marcela Denzer, a Physical Therapist with NWH.

Two sections of this program will be offered: the first two graduates of NWH’s rehabilitation center who are incorporating holistic therapies into their post-surgical care; and the second to community members.

The rain date is Wednesday, May 18 from 10 a.m.-12 p.m.

Individuals interested in attending this free event can email NWH’s Whitney Wasserman, wwasserman@nwhc.net. Space is limited.

Click here for more information about NWH , call 914-666-1266 or email gmullin@nwhc.net.

Click here for more information about WLT , email kate@westchesterlandtrust.org or call 914-234.6992 ext. 15.

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