We are a little less than two months away from NRPA National Family Health & Fitness Day! NCRPA is encouraging recreation and park agencies throughout North Carolina to take part in the festivities by hosting events that promote family health and wellness! As a part of our continued coverage in preparation for the day, this wellness blog will give you a few quick ways to get involved. If your department is planning to participate in Family Health & Fitness Day, please email firstname.lastname@example.org!
1. Family-friendly guided hikes are a great way to get your community up and active for Family Health and Fitness Day! Pick a trail or route that's appropriate for all ages. The trail shouldn't be too long or steep but really just a place to be active and enjoy nature for a bit. Once a route is selected, chose a few times for a hike leader to take groups out on the trail. Hike leaders can help explain any cool plants or animals found along the way and discuss the importance of being active!
2. Cooking Demonstrations can be an effective tool in promoting health and wellness. For some snacks, you can even do cooking demonstrations without a traditional kitchen! Choose family-friendly and healthy recipes for quick and easy snacks. Set up a table with pre-prepared ingredients, and walk interested people through the steps to build their own cool snack! Here are some recipe ideas to help get you started.
3. Bike Rodeo programs teach safe riding bike practices and are a great way in promoting active lifestyles. This could be a great opportunity to partner with a local bike shop or sporting goods store and have someone come out to teach bike safety skills. Additionally, for our April Wellness Webinar, Josh Henderson from Gaston County joins us to detail Gaston County's BikeFest - which incorporates multiple ways to get people active on their bikes. Click this link to register and learn more about bike programs.
I hope that your department gets the chance to participate in this year’s Family Health and Wellness Day on June 9th, 2018! Be sure to follow the NCRPA Wellness blog and toolkit for more event ideas and information in the next few weeks.
Until next time,