UMD Health Education Professor Ladona Tornabene has published her third health and hiking book, titled "Gentle Hikes of Upper Michigan: Upper Michigan's Most Scenic Lake Superior Hikes Under 3 Miles". The book was written by Tornabene, along with co-authors Lisa Vogelsang and Melanie Morgan. The trio of "Gentle Hikes" books by the three authors all focus on the North Shore and nearby Great Lakes region.
The first book of the series "Gentle Hikes: Minnesota's Most Scenic North Shore Hikes Under 3 Miles", was published in 2002, and "Gentle Hikes: Northern Wisconsin's Most Scenic Lake Superior Hikes" came out in 2004. All the books were published by Adventure Publications.
The newest book introduces trails in Upper Michigan, all less than three miles long. It offers detailed information on paths (surface type, length and width); bench locales, restrooms, water availability, safety issues and parking along with trail maps. The paperback serves as a helpful tool specifically for senior citizens, families with small children, people with physical challenges and those with limited time in the area.
The publication features chapters tailored for specific groups. The "Hiking for Health" chapter introduces the health benefits of hiking, and a chapter on hiking with disabilities gives useful information on accessibility issues for those with special needs. Throughout the book informational bits called "Says Who" grab readers attention, conveying health research to the general public in reader-friendly terms.
"We are very pleased with the reception of our book. Organizations working with disabled persons have shown great interest, and we are thrilled to see the information in use for diverse audience" said Tornabene.
The book has been featured in the Daily Mining Gazette and ESPN Sports Radio.