Find Wellness in a Park Near You!
The new year is here and, with it, the time we make resolutions for 2016. If one of your resolutions is to develop a healthier lifestyle, look no further than the national parks.
Nature is connected to your health in at least eight ways:
- Being in nature can improve your mood.
- Having access to parks can increase physical activity and combat obesity.
- Parks and their health benefits can be enjoyed by anyone regardless of who you are and where you come from.
- Contact with nature through parks improves all people’s physical, mental and spiritual health.
- Parks foster social connections which are vital to community cohesion and contribute to social well-being.
- For children, parks foster active play, which is associated with physical, cognitive, and social benefits
- For adolescents, parks improve mental and social health during what is often a challenging time of life.
- Park use is linked to physical and mental health benefits among adults, especially older adults.
- Join a ranger for a snowshoe hike in Grand Teton National Park, Herbert Hoover National Historic Site, or Mount Rainier National Park
- Explore guided walks, canoe trips, bike rides, and more at Everglades National Park
- Take part in a "Winter Warm-Up Hike" at Cuyahoga Valley National Park or "After Dark in the Park" program at Hawaii Volcanoes National Park
- Watch migrating Pacific gray whales at Point Reyes National Seashore