Happy first week of October! This month is full of healthy initiatives that your department can take full advantage of during the next couple weeks. The weather is perfect temperature to remain active and participate in outdoor activities. First, International Walk/Bike to School Day takes place this Wednesday, October 7th. My previous blog discusses the importance of walking and how your department can become involved in this event. Secondly, October celebrates National Health Education Week, taking place October 19th – 23rd.
National Health Week has been around since 1995 and takes place during the third full week of October. This week-long celebration focuses attention on public health issues and promotes the importance of health education in your community. More detailed information can be found on the Society for Public Health Education (SOPHE) webpage.
So, how can our departments participate? Sharing information with your community is a key factor when promoting healthy lifestyles. During National Health Week there are plenty of opportunities for your department and community to become actively involved. You can join the photo contest and share your “This is Health Education” story through pictures. Use #thisishealtheducation and tag SOPHE’s Facebook or Instagram, as well as #NCRecre8, as you share photos of your community contributing to health education efforts. One idea is to hold an event or health fair to promote your department’s activities the help promote healthy lifestyles.
NCRPA’s challenge to you is to be creative when advocating a balanced and healthy lifestyle. The National Health Education Week is a great reason to get started. More information on the National Health Education Week activities can be found here.
One last note, our next webinar will take place this Thursday, October 8th, at 1:00pm. Derek Dunn and Sharon Williams, Greensboro Parks and Recreation Department, will be presenting. The topic will focus on creating a more inclusive outdoor recreation environment for persons with disabilities. It is important to offer equal opportunities for everyone, and as practitioners, part of our tasks is creating the ultimate recreation experience. Please click the following link to register: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/1001116701578498562
If you are participating in National Health Education Week or have a program that aligns with the programs goals we want to know! Email us your ideas or submit them on the wellness site here: (firstname.lastname@example.org, http://www.ncrpa.net/?Wellnesssub)