America continues to feel the strain of a serious health crisis affecting adults and young alike. One in which we are plagued by poor nutrition, sedentary lifestyles, and unhealthy habits. But there is a solution with little to no cost and is available in nearly every town, city and community – local parks and recreation. Since 1985, America has celebrated July as the nation’s official Park and Recreation Month. In 2009, the U.S. House of Representatives officially mandated July as “Park and Recreation Month.”
- Parks and recreation services play a vital role in creating active and healthy
- Higher levels of green space are associated with lower symptoms of anxiety, depression and stress.
- Many studies link parks to better physical and mental health.
- Fifty percent of older adults who participated in light to moderate aerobic park activity report being in a better mood after visiting
- Parks and recreation facilities provide a place close to home to relax, exercise, and reduce stress.
Washington is a beautiful state and we have access to many great local, state and national parks!