The purpose of Northeast Oregon Prescription Trails program is to help community members improve their health by using exercise as medicine, while accessing our beautiful parks and trails. Exercise can improve quality of life and help prevent and treat numerous illnesses / chronic conditions like diabetes, obesity, high blood pressure, and depression. We work with highly knowledgeable and qualified providers, who recognize that exercise can in many cases, be just as effective as medication.
The Good Shepherd Education Department, in partnership with the Healthy Communities Coalition, work to continuously identify and address the health concerns of our community. Unfortunately, residents in our area suffer from higher rates of obesity than the state or nation. Obesity and inactivity have strong links to other health issues. We recognized that many of the health issues afflicting our community are interrelated; which led us to an evidence- based, low cost, and highly accessible solution. Northeast Oregon Prescription Trails is a program based on the “Prescription Trails” program in Albuquerque, New Mexico. This website has utilized the information and framework of the original Prescription Trails website. Prescription Trails New Mexico has offered continual help and support, in allowing us to replicate their program and website, to create a modified version to help our community.