On June 9, 2018, the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) invites everyone to celebrate Family Health & Fitness Day by discovering the health benefits of parks and recreation at their local park. Celebrated the second Saturday of June each year, Family Health & Fitness Day promotes the importance of parks and recreation in keeping communities active and healthy. Many communities host special events on this day such as a health fair or family fun run, while others simply encourage their residents to visit a local park or recreation center where they can participate in a variety of family-friendly activities, such as, walking, hiking, biking, kayaking, golfing, tennis and swimming.
Here are the top five reasons to spend Family Health & Fitness Day — and every day — at your local park:
- Living close to parks and other recreation facilities is consistently related to higher physical activity levels for both adults and youth
- Parks help reduce obesity and incidence of chronic disease by providing opportunities to increase rigorous physical activity in a variety of forms
- Parks provide a connection to nature, which studies demonstrate relieves stress levels, tightens interpersonal relationships and improves mental health
- Parks foster overall wellness and healthful habits, such as becoming tobacco-free and engaging in enrichment activities that add balance to life
- Between 2000 and 2012, more than 85 studies have been published that link parks to better physical and mental health
Visiting a park is also a great stress reliever. A recent Park Pulse poll found that 35 percent of Americans combat stress by gathering with family, friends or pets at a local park.
We want to see all the great things you’re doing during Family Health & Fitness Day! Please make sure you share your photos and videos with us by tagging NRPA in your Facebook, Twitter and Instagram posts and using the hashtag #NRPAFamilyFitDay. You can find all sorts of marketing materials in the outreach toolkit, or feel free to use one of these sample posts:
- Local parks are a great place to get healthy with your family! Visit your local park and discover the many benefits. #NRPAFamilyFitDay
- Parks and recreation play a vital role in the wellbeing and health of families everywhere. Celebrate #NRPAFamilyFitDay with us by taking a walk in your local park!
Here’s to celebrating all the ways parks and recreation builds healthy, active communities!
Heather Williams is NRPA's Senior Manager of Public Relations.