Getting outdoors does not only benefit you physically, but mentally as well! For people of all ages, physical activity can reduce the chances of becoming obese. Being outside increases levels of Vitamin D, and can help protect children from future chronic diseases and health problems such as heart disease and diabetes, while also improving vision. Access to safe parks allows children to be more physically active— and active kids perform better in school. Environment-based learning allows children increases their performance on critical thinking tests. Nature allows for positive social interactions among children, as well as adults, and improves community relations.
Together we can get our community to all the great programs that our public parks and recreational facilities offer. Challenge your friends and family members to enjoy the outdoors and get active this month! There are so many ways to enjoy all that your local parks offer.
For more information on the benefits of being active outdoors and learn more ways to get active outdoors, visit National Wildlife Federation Website and American Heart Association Website.