The past couple blogs have focused on inspiring your departments to promote active living and healthy eating challenges, such as the NPHW “We Can Do Better Contest” by the American Public Health Association and The Ellen DeGeneres #GimmeFive Dance Challenge. The warmer weather has made it perfect to help motivate your community to participate in activities that lead to healthier lives, not only through national challenges, but on a daily basis.
As we continue into warmer months, it is important to remind communities how becoming active outside, especially at community parks, can dramatically improve their overall health. The Trust for Public Land shared a video explaining why it is important for nation’s improvement of health. According to their statistics, 95% of adults, 92% of adolescents and 58% of children don’t meet the daily recommendations for physical activity. However, this trend can be reversed with “steps” in the right direction. It has been proven that the more parks there are in a community, the more people exercise, enhancing both their physical and mental health. Additionally features, such as sport fields, and playground equipment also attract more people to the area, allowing for better use and increased participation. So it is determined that parks are essential to the overall improvement of a communities lifestyle.
To watch The Trust for Public Land video then pleas click the following link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fujIjTedVfs
So here is the challenge NCRPA is asking from your departments! Last summer NCRPA started a social media campaign called Me In My Park, challenging people to upload pictures to Facebook, Instagram and Twitter of themselves, or groups of people, leading active lifestyles. We are reinstituting the challenge this summer, but with an added feature! Starting May 1st, 2015 until August 1st, 2015, NCRPA is asking your department, individuals, and communities to post pictures to social media while at their community park using the hashtag #MeinMyPark, bonus if you also use #Ncrecre8. This time we will be selecting up to 8 of the best pictures that represents a creative and engaging way of leading a healthy life while using park systems. We will select 2 photos for every month of the challenge, and the winners will receive a special NCRecrea8 prize package!
Let’s inspire our communities to become more active during the summer months by sharing health related information and how parks can empower change in their daily lives! If you have any questions or ideas about the #MeinMyPark Challenge, then please email us or submit them on the wellness site here: (firstname.lastname@example.org, http://www.ncrpa.net/?Wellnesssub)