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The primary goal of Hiking4Wellness is to educate and raise the awareness of Neurofibromatosis (NF1), the most common genetic disorder.  For more information on NF1 please click on the provided link (http://ghr.nlm.nih.gov/condition/neurofibromatosis-type-1).  NF1 can be traumatic to children and their parents.  We want to help these children because studies have shown that when childhood traumas are not processed, children are often more likely to have addictions. Our purpose is to help individuals who want to help themselves by provide information on mind, body, and spiritual health.

Life changing behaviors begin with one step, so we often say that Hiking4Wellness promotes healthy living one step at a time.

We do this by providing you, our friends with information about holistic life choices that will lead to a healthier YOU. To assist our friends in creating a healthy mind, body, and spirit we include information and offer classes on meditations, nutrition, and exercise.

For example: studies have shown a 15 minute meditation can provide some of the same benefits as a 2 hour nap. Meditating regularly helps to reduce your daily stress, can lower your blood pressure, help you fall asleep, and sleep better. Walking around your neighborhood or hiking along a trail (being outdoors) can provide the same relaxing benefits as meditation.

Additionally, including Essential Oils and Aromatherapy into your daily life’s has Aromatherapy - Catalina's mountains in spring (courtesy of Wayne Zespy)been shown to provide many health benefits. Aromatherapy directly affects the limbic system of the brain, which controls emotions. The scent of special fragrances can evoke memories and emotions before we are even consciously aware. By using essential oil aromatherapy, you are able to release negative active emotions, change brain neurotransmitters, and help change your response when exposed to different situations. Again, hiking, or being out of doors, provides us with a variety of scents and smells that can lead to lower stress levels and a greater sense of well-being.  Contact us to discuss how essential oils may benefit your everyday life.

In today’s fast paced world, many of us are eating and living on the run. We eat out a lot and often eat at fast food joints. Unlike the foods of generations past, many of the foods we eat are highly process and may contain harmful by-products. We realize that most people may not have the options of overhauling their diets, so we promote the use of natural nutritional supplements. The supplements will help you by restoring important nutrients to your body.

Finally, we encourage our friends to include exercise into their daily lives. Basic exercise like talking a walk, either around your neighborhood or on a local trail, is a beginning step to any healthy life style. For example, taking your dog for a 30 minute walk will burn almost 200 calories, the average number of calories in one soft drink from a local restaurant. This exercise will also help you to get fresh air and spend quality time with your walking companion.

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Many of our friends have started one of today’s popular workout programs, only to be disappointed when they feel like the program is beyond their capabilities. We offer assistance finding a program that meets your needs, goals, and offer support while you are completing your chosen program and for those that want to enjoy nature and meet others who like the outdoors, we offer hikes around the Los Angeles area so check out our MeetUp site for more information.

In an effort to promote our primary goals to educate and raise the awareness Neurofibromatosis (NF1) and teach others how overcome their traumas, we promote environmental awareness, through our outreach programs. Throughout the year we attend public speaking events of holistic and environmental health topics. Contact us for details, if you would like us to come speak at your event.

In an effort to promote our outreach projects, we complete one major outreach project each year. As part of this effort, in 2015, we are hiking on the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT). This hike will be documented, by: YouTube, FaceBook, and several other blogs. We are also working with Elementary, Middle Schools, and High School Science programs. In our School Science Outreach program, student will have the opportunity to ask question about the hike. We hope that will program will encourage student to take an interest in nature that and we might inspire the next generation of environmental Biologist.

To further expose students to the beauties of nature, we are working with biologists from federal, state, and local programs to post YouTube videos as we hike the PCT.

If you are interested in any of these activities please contact us to see how you can become involved.

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Find out more about our 2014 Appalachian Trail hike that was from March 2, 2014 to September 2, 2014 here

In 2016, we are planning a pledge hike on the Continental Divide Trail (CDT).