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  Park Prize Pursuit!

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Park Prize Pursuit FAQs

What is Park Prize Pursuit?
Park Prize Pursuit is a free, open to all ages, summer-long scavenger hunt in parks across Chemung County. This scavenger hunt encourages children and families to discover featured parks while searching for answers to clues within each park. Each clue that is answered correctly will earn a person an entry into a random prize drawing. 

How can I sign-up to participate in Park Prize Pursuit?
Visit parks and turn in your answers!

How do I submit my clues?
Either online with survey monkey or drop off or mail in your answers to Chemung County Health Department 103 Washington Street Elmira, NY 14901.

When is Park Prize Pursuit?
Park Prize Pursuit happens every summer. The clues can be found at several local sites including:  Tanglewood Nature Center, Big Flats Community Park, Sperr Park, Katy Leary Park, Boat Launches in Chemung County, Park Station, Holding Point in Horseheads, Sullivan Park-Thorne Street Horseheads, Chapel Park in Southport, Pirozzolo Park in West Elmira, Lackawanna Rail Trail in Elmira, Eldridge Park and Catherine Valley Trail in Millport.

What is the Park Prize Pursuit Goal?

The Park Prize Pursuit is designed to improve overall health through increased physical activity at these recreational areas. Chemung County has higher rates of obesity for both adults and adolescents than New York State.  Our heart attacks, cerebrovascular disease, hypertension and diabetes hospitalization rates are all higher than NYS rates. 

What kind of prizes can I earn?
Prizes include Wegmans gift cards, Fit Bit, and hiking poles.

Who is eligible to win prizes?
Open to all ages.

I need a little more help. Who can I contact?
Please e-mail us at and give us up to 48 hours to respond to your questions. We hope you enjoy your Park Prize Pursuit adventure!

Making the healthy choice the easy choice!  See the map below for park locations.


Summer Meal Programs:

What are summer meals programs? Summer meals programs is a federal child nutrition program funded by the USDA and designed to provide kids and teens ages 18 and under healthy meals during the months of June, July, and August when school is out.

How do I find a Summer Meal site in my community? Summer meals sites are in the community at places like churches, schools, parks and community centers.

Site locations can be found in a number of ways:  


Click HERE to see contact information for summer meal programs in the Southern Tier by County! 


What is your BMI?

The body mass index (BMI) is a value derived from the mass (weight) and height of an individual. The BMI is an attempt to quantify the amount of tissue mass (muscle, fat, and bone) in an individual, and then categorize that person as underweightnormal weightoverweight, or obese based on that value. 

Click here to determine your BMI.

For information on how to help children develop healthy habits regarding nutrition and physical activity click here.

Use this assement tool to determine if you could be prediabetic

Also click on Living Healthy Workshops, in the left hand menu, to find out about beneficial programs. 

Find out where you can be active in Elmira by clicking here.

Find out where you can be active in Chemung County by clicking here. 

F.F.I.S.T is a local program for over-weight children/adolescents and their families. The focus is on nutrition and lifestyle modification to promote weight loss. Click here for more information. 


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