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December health and wellness events

The holiday season has officially started — and there are plenty of healthy holiday-themed events to get the entire family active. We have the inside scoop on this month’s holiday health-and-wellness related events for all ages!

Saturday December 3, 2016

Reindeer Race: Are you looking for a family-friendly event? Then this one is just for you. Celebrate the holiday season with a 5K run or walk, one-mile walk or run, and kids’ walk or run in Harmony, Pa.

Sunday December 4, 2016

Girls on the Run 5K: Girls on the Run is a life-changing, non-profit program for girls in the third through eighth grades. The mission is to inspire girls to be joyful, healthy, and confident using a fun, experience-based curriculum that creatively integrates running. This 5K benefits this season’s runners and future participants.

Sunday December 3, 2016

Jingle Bell Walk/ Run for Arthritis: Jingle Bell Run/Walk for Arthritis is a fun and festive way to kick off your holidays by helping others! Wear a holiday-themed costume. Tie jingle bells to your shoelaces. Raise funds to help find a cure for arthritis, the nation’s leading cause of disability. Run or walk a 5K route with your team members and celebrate the season by giving.

Sunday December 4, 2016

Candy Cane Walk: Join Venture Outdoors for a family-friendly walk in the park. We’ll search for candy canes hidden along the trail and afterward enjoy some delicious hot chocolate! You’ll use the candy canes we find to stir the hot chocolate and add a little extra flavor to this tasty treat.

Monday December 5, 2016

Sparkle Season Light Hike: On this seven-plus mile hike; you will visit the main light exhibits of downtown Pittsburgh; and then hike up Sycamore Street to the top of Mount Washington for a panoramic view of the city. This fast-paced hike covers a relatively large area in a short period of time. It’s the perfect way to experience the holiday season!

Thursday December 15, 2016

Fleet Feet Holiday Lights Fun Run: Put on your best holiday socks and wrap yourself in lights for the most wonderful run of the year. The tradition keeps getting bigger, and this year’s extravaganza will be no exception. Run or walk the best indoor and outdoor holiday displays in the city with hundreds of others. Again, everyone is asked to make a donation and/or purchase raffle tickets to benefit the UPMC Children’s Hospital Free Care Fund. Raffle tickets will be on sale before the run.

Saturday December 17, 2016

Twinkle Lights and Hot Cocoa Walk: Celebrate the season by strolling among the sparkling lights and decorations covering downtown Pittsburgh. You’ll walk along sidewalks to see the main exhibits before stopping at a local coffee shop to warm up with some hot cocoa!

Wednesday December 21, 2016

Winter Solstice Stroll: Join Venture Outdoors for an evening of exploration on a moderate four-mile hike around Hartwood Acres. On the shortest day of the year, we will enjoy the tranquility of the evening while listening for the critters that prefer the dark and stopping occasionally to gaze at the stars.

Sunday December 28, 2016

Holiday Soup Hike: It’s the time of year to celebrate your family, friends, and — don’t forget — you! Join us on a chilly day for a three- to four-mile hike that explores Frick Park. After the hike, we will gather under a pavilion and warm ourselves with a hot bowl of gourmet soup. There will be a choice of two soups (one vegetarian), bread, and hot beverages. Sponsored by Soup Sega!

December 31, 2016

Harmony Silvester 5K & 1 Mile: Harmony celebrates New Year’s Eve with a family-oriented “Silvester” celebration reflecting the community’s historic German roots, beginning with a 5K race and a 1-Mile Fun Run at with hundreds of runners and concluding with a countdown in German to a ball-drop and fireworks welcoming 2017 at 6 p.m. — midnight in Germany. Other activities include a Christmas tree-throwing contest; Bleigiessen, the German tradition of examining the shape of a bit of melted lead dropped into water to interpret what the New Year may hold; a pork and sauerkraut dinner at the Harmony Museum and other outdoor food options; music; and year-end surprises at specialty shops throughout town. Parking is available at various locations.