I hope everyone had a restful and enjoyable Labor Day weekend! The NCRPA team has special information brought to us by the National Recreation Park Association. Tomorrow, September 9th, the United States Surgeon General Vice Admiral Vivek H. Murthy, will release a Call-to-Action on Walking and Walkable Communities titled “Step it Up.” The event taking place in Washington, DC will be webcast live! Details about how to watch the live webcast will be made available on the Surgeon General’s website: (http://www.surgeongeneral.gov). The “Step it Up” movement will be focused on inspiring communities across the nation to become more active through a variety of activities.
As a compliment to “Step if Up” NRPA has been in the process of developing materials, with the help of the Centers for Disease Control and Preventions, to encourage the nation to get out and walk in their parks. The materials were created and ready for you to share with your community to spread the word about living a more active life! The Get Out and Walk in Your Local Park video discusses how one-third of adults are overweight and less than half get the required exercise! Walking just 30 minutes a day can reduce risk of heart disease, improve blood pressure and sugar levels and lower the risk of certain types of cancer. NRPA also has provided infographics and a Safe Routes to Parks document, these two resources offer tips for walking in parks and highlight the health and wellness benefits of walking. This information is an awesome source to share in your community to inspire them to walk more in the local parks. Remember to promote this information by using social media, such as: Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Need ideas on what to post to the social media networks? NRPA has generously provided sample social media messages that you can customize and use!
This information truly matters to both adults and youth in our nation. Sharing this information and tuning into what the Surgeon General has to say will only bring us closer to improving the health and wellness not only in North Carolina, but America. Please be sure to visit the Surgeon General’s website tomorrow to watch the live broadcast. You know that the NCRPA team will be doing just that!
If you have any ideas of how to promote walking in your community parks, then please share by submitting or emailing us on the wellness site here: (firstname.lastname@example.org, http://www.ncrpa.net/?Wellnesssub)