The National Park has supported an important project exploiting the features of the area - its altitude, unpolluted and relaxing environment - to improve psychophysical health. As a matter of fact, renowned doctors consider Appennino Tosco-Emiliano an ideal place for the rehabilitation of heart patients.
The project "Cardiac-protected Route of the National Park" aims exactly at this: it is a route developing on the slopes of Pietra di Bismàntova, between Carnola and Vologno country hamlets, that can be used for rehabilitation purposes by the department of cardiology of Hospital Sant'Anna in Castelnovo ne' Monti, in association with Hospital Santa Maria Nuova in Reggio nell'Emilia. The route has become an occasion to start prevention and sensitization activities promoting healthy life styles. The voluntary association Il Cuore della Montagna is involved in the management of the route.
The route is called "cardiac-protected" because the patients going along it are provided with a series of wireless systems through which the staff of the department of cardiology constantly keep them under control. The "easy" trail and the gentle slopes give the opportunity to carry out not very demanding walks of great psychophysical value for everyone, for instance to Pratizzano or in the area of Scalucchia.
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