Believe it or not, but yesterday was the official first day of Fall! With cooler temperatures, great produce, and the start of the holiday season, autumn brings a great opportunity to enjoy the outdoors. This wellness blog will give your department a few ideas to incorporate wellness into your fall programming.
Fall foliage is one of the most beautiful things our state has to offer. The autumnal colors of red, yellow, and brown make for something special and are a great opportunity for outdoor recreation programs.
Promote fall foliage walks throughout your parks. Find out when the peak time of fall foliage is in your area using this map, and spread the word. This can be done using flyers and social media posts. Have participants take pictures of their walk and share them with your department.
Fall produce is another great aspect of the season changing. The North Carolina Produce Availability Chart is a handy resource to use will give you all of the seasonal produce. Apples, corn, and of course, pumpkins are some of the produce coming into season all across North Carolina. You may be able to get cheap produce to give out during your recreation programs. Take advantage of the season and stock up on all the produce fall has to offer!
Visiting local family farms could also be an interesting wellness activity for fall. Whether it’s walking through a corn maze, or picking apples and pumpkins, these fall activities can offer fun wellness activities for the whole family. Some farms have volunteer opportunities for “gleaning” where volunteers can gather leftover produce after harvest. Try establishing partnerships with these family farms. These partnerships would be mutually beneficial for both your department and the farm. This could be a great field trip idea for fall track out camp programming! Your department could even work to establish a fall festival day at a family farm to get even more people there and active. For a list of pumpkin patch farms in your area, please use this map.
One more resource to look at pertaining to fall fitness is this article from WebMD.com. This post offers 10 tips for fall fitness and includes tips like dressing in layers, taking advantage of the weather, and prepare for extended hours of darkness. Be sure to keep these tips in mind when planning fall festivities.
Until next time,