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Wellness Bulletin March 21, 2016
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March 21, 2016

Happy Monday,

Spring has officially begin and the warmer weather is here to stay. Sometimes we need a simple reminder of why it is physically and mentally healthy to spend time outdoors, especially during this time of the year! My blog discusses the positive benefits of taking time to ourselves every day and to enjoy the great outdoors, whether it’s being outside in the backyard, a nearby park or hiking trail! Furthermore, according to the Appalachian Trails blog, getting outside for even a short amount of time has physical, mental, and psychological health benefits that will improve your everyday life. Read my blog for more information on leading a healthier lifestyle outdoors.

Remember the Recre8’s 5k registration is up and running (no pun intended)! The race will take place on Saturday, April 16, at 12 locations across North Carolina. NCRPA is challenging your department to get actively involved and find a location near you to participate! Even if you department is not directly hosting, the race is still important for you to be involved in one way or another. The NC Recre8 5k is helping promote parks and recreation on a statewide level, and the funds raised will support the advancement of recreation in our state. So please help increase awareness and become involved simply by participating on April 16th! Create a running team within your department and make it a day to remember. Click the following link for more information and select a race location by you:

If you would like to share your ideas and suggestions involving spending more time outdoors or the NC Recre8 5k please email us or submit them on the wellness site here:(,


Colleen Dougherty
Graduate Assistant, NC Recreation & Park Association
883 Washington St, Raleigh, NC27605

North Carolina Recreation and Park Association
883 Washington St, Raleigh, NC 27605


The NCRPA Wellness Bulletin is supported by
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina Foundation 
whose mission is to improve the health and well-being of North Carolinians.