National Take a Walk in the Park Day

March 4, 2019

Can you believe that it is already March? With spring about to kick off, outdoor programming is likely to follow. March 30th is National Take a Walk in the Park Day. This wellness blog will tell you more about National Take a Walk in the Park Day, and give your department some ways to get involved!

 

Each year, National Take a Walk in the Park Day is celebrated on March 30th. While the origin of National Take a Walk in the Park day is unknown, it's a great opportunity to promote physical activity in your parks. 

 

Walking has been shown to be incredibly beneficial to one's health. According to NRPA, walking 30 minutes a day can help reduce your risk of osteoporosis, obesity, heart disease, and depression. In addition to physical health benefits, walking is used as a de-stresser by many Americans. 

 

National Take a Walk in the Park Day is a great time to encourage your community to get outside and enjoy their local parks. One way to help promote this is to offer guided walks.

 

When planning a guided walk, there are a few key points to keep in mind. First, try to pick a walk that is family friendly and appropriate for all skill levels. If you are planning a more strenuous walk, be sure to clearly let people know ahead of time. The key is to be clear with instructions so that everyone knows what they should expect!

 

Additionally, walking in a park can be spruced up with a few easy additions. Nature scavenger hunts are a great way to keep children engaged while in a park setting. Encourage walk attendees to take notice of their surroundings, including the plants, animals, and other features they might see. 

 

Need help spreading the word that National Take a Walk in the Park day is on March 30th? NRPA has developed social media posts that you can share!

 

Facebook: It’s National Take a Walk in the Park Day! One study found spending money on trails reduces community medical costs. What’s your favorite park to walk in?

 

Twitter: It’s Take a Walk in the Park Day! Money spent on trails can reduce medical costs. What’s your favorite park to walk in? #Parks4Health

 

I hope that this wellness blog has informed you about National Take a Walk in the Park Day! 

 

Until next time,
Diquan

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