Physical Activity

Healthy Franklin County Physical Activity Taskforce

Healthy Franklin County Physical Activity Taskforce is composed of key community leaders from the education, health, faith, business, nonprofit, and local government sectors. Our goal is to create and support healthy behaviors and lifestyles through education, awareness, programming, and access to services. These key leaders continue to identify value in identifying and strengthening efforts to address health and health care needs from a collective perspective. Priorities identified: Access to Health Care, Nutrition, Physical Activity, Mental Health, Substance Use and Prevention; Early Childhood Education; and Adolescent Health.

Healthy Franklin County Physical Activity Taskforce

Co-led by Summit Health and the Franklin County Planning Department, the physical activity taskforce is focused on engaging all residents to adopt physically active lifestyles. The taskforce members have organized themselves into workgroups to complete various community initiatives that address physical activity from both an engagement and a policy perspective.

Contact for more information:

Heather Myers, Community Health Coordinator, Summit Health, 717-709-6518,

Sam Thrush, Planner, Franklin County Planning Department, 717-261-3855,

2019 meeting minutes

2018 Meeting minutes

2017 Meeting Minutes

2016 Meeting Minutes

2018 Meeting Dates

Summit Health Building 2, 2nd Floor Conference Room Chambersburg, 3:30pm - 4:30pm

  • January 16th
  • March 20th
  • May 15th
  • July 17th
  • September 18th 
  • November 20th

Physical Activity Task Force - Workgroups

Community Engagement - This workgroup is co-led by Christy Unger with Healthy Communities Partnership and Shannon Lee with the Waynesboro YMCA. The purpose of this workgroup is to increase the number of youth and adults who engage in aerobic physical activity and muscle strengthening activities through the promotion of evidence-based informed models that encourage everyone, no matter their fitness level (or pace) to walk, bike, and be involved in a daily physical activity program.




Summit Health Building 2, 2nd Floor Conference Room, 1pm - 2:30pm

  • January 19th 
  • March 16
  • May 18
  • July 20
  • September 21
  • November 16

Built Environment – This workgroup is co-led by Sam Thrush and Elizabeth Grant, both are Planners with Franklin County Government. The purpose of this workgroup is to promote community programs and policies that make it safe and easy for residents to walk and bicycle. Healthy community design is planning and designing communities that make it easier for people to live healthy lives by linking destinations that promote health, such as schools, parks, grocery stores, and work places, via a transportation network that facilitates safe travel for pedestrians, bicyclists, public transportation users, and automobile occupants. Healthy community design has the power to influence the overall health of a community by making healthy lifestyle choices easily available and accessible to all community members.

2018 Meeting Minutes



Franklin County Annex, Planning Department, 10am-11am

  • February 13th
  • March 13th - Cancelled 
  • April 10th
  • May 8th
  • June 12th
  • July 10th 
  • August 14th
  • September 11th 
  • October 9th
  • November 13th 
  • December 11th 

Community Initiatives - Physical Activity

Franklin County Cyclists

Community Walking Parties are organized by a sub-committee of the Community Engagement workgroup. Each season, 8-10 walking parties are held at safe, accessible locations thoughout Franklin County. People of all fitness levels are enouraged to attend to explore new walking routes and connect with other local walkers. Follow updates on the Community Walking Parties Facebook group page and the Healthy Franklin County events calendar. See the complete Fall 2017 schedule here.

Resource Links

National Physical Activity Plan Pennsylvania Outdoor Recreation Plan Surgeon General's Step-It-Up-Program America Walks Physical Activity In the Workplace