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Gettysburg battlefield Peeps diorama promotes wellness

The staff at Gettysburg National Military Park received a colorful makeover recently as part of a National Park Service contest.

Curt Musselman, the park's employee wellness team chairman, masterfully crafted a Peeps diorama for "Healthy Parks, Healthy Peeps: A National Park Service Centennial Diorama Contest."

Using yellow, brown and green marshmallow candy, Musselman created a scene of employees and visitors walking together under the supervision of Gen. George Meade on Cemetery Ridge. The pointy-eared confections are carrying walking route maps and signs bearing messages about wellness, safety and health.

"All of the peeps in the diorama are being physically active in one way or another," Musselman said in a news release from the park, "which is a good example for all of us, whether we are made out of sugar or flesh and blood."

The contest is part of the National Park Service's Healthy Parks Healthy People wellness campaign. Launched in 2011, it aims to promote parks and public lands as resources for achieving a healthy lifestyle.

In celebration of the park service's centennial, the Gettysburg park is co-sponsoring Come Walk With Me, a health-focused event set for 2 to 5 p.m. April 30. A fitness fair will take place at Warrior Stadium in Gettysburg, which will include free yoga, Jazzercise, Zumba, fitness boot camp and a children's obstacle course. Walks to Culp's Hill leading to interpretive and living history programs are also on the schedule.

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