Friday, January 9, 2015

Show your pride Western PA!

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post. I received products and/or compensation in exchange for this post.

Aboard Amtrak heading east
I love living in Western Pennsylvania. What's not to love? We have it all from the best of city life in downtown Pittsburgh, to the beaches of Lake Erie, to the mountains from north to south. There is culture, diversity, great food, top notch universities, world class hospitals, beautiful parks, bike and walking trails, gardens, and so.much.more. And there is plenty of opportunity to stay active and healthy through both indoor and outdoor activities.

One thing I love about living in Pittsburgh is the accessibility to other places. We have an international airport, bus services, and, my personal favorite, Amtrak. 

Last Friday, I boarded the train in Pittsburgh and headed east to Lancaster. There's nothing quite like a hot cup of coffee while seated in the dining car on Amtrak. Of course, it could be better if they didn't do their inventory by the cup -- then I could have used my reusable coffee mug rather than throwing away the cup after each fresh brew. Ah well, you can't have everything.

Like I said, Amtrak is my favorite way to travel and I feel so blessed to be able to board the train a mere six or seven miles from my home. It's easy to stay active on Amtrak because you're not bound to your seat, like you are in a car, bus, or airplane. You just get up and walk around. You can walk from one end of the train to the other, clocking your daily steps while en route to your destination.

If you're from Western PA, I'd love to know what you like most about living here. I'm not alone in wanting to know. Western PA Pride, sponsored by United Healthcare, is looking for photos of people like you and me who want to show the world what we love about our corner of the world and how we're staying active. United Healthcare is hosting a contest and is giving out a $25 gift card each week to people who enter the photo contest and are chosen as winners. Plus, there is a grand prize of $400. 

The contest runs from now until January 30, 2015. Hop (skip, dance, jog, run, ride... whatever gets the blood pumped) over to their website and upload a picture. It literally only takes a couple of minutes and you just might win the grand prize of $400! 

Let's do it!

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