Fall is officially here! 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.
Cooler temperatures and beautiful fall foliage could create the perfect environment to take “indoor” programs outside. Check out this recording of our September Wellness Webinar a few weeks ago to get insight on moving group fitness courses outdoors.
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!
Another way to incorporate fall produce into your programming is to hold a fall harvest celebration! These celebrations are covered in depth in the NRPA October Community Health and Gardening curriculum. Click this link to check it out!
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.
I hope that this wellness blog has given you some great ideas for fall!
Until next time,