What better way to celebrate the beginning of summer than by spending some time in the great outdoors?
Our local parks and recreation organizations play such an important role in the wellness of community members, especially now, during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Each year, the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) recognizes the second Saturday in June as Family Health & Fitness Day. This day is as an opportunity for people to discover the numerous ways to staying fit and active that are provided by local parks and recreation departments.
- Nearly 3 in 5 adults say that access to park and recreation amenities are very or extremely essential to their mental and physical health.
- Living close to parks and other recreation facilities is consistently related to higher physical activity levels for both adults and youth.
- Parks also provide a connection to nature, which studies demonstrate relieves stress, tightens interpersonal relationships and improves mental health.
- On average, children who live in greener environments weigh less than children who live in less green areas.
So, what can you do to join in on the fun of Family Health & Fitness Day?
- Take a walk to visit your local park or trail
- Cook a healthy meal
- Enroll in a virtual fitness program
- Create your own exercise routine
- Play outside
To learn more about Family Health & Fitness Day, visit www.nrpa.org/familyfitness.