Family Health & Fitness Day
Parks and recreation organizations play an integral role in the health and wellbeing of community members, especially now, during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Each year, the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) recognizes the second Saturday in June as Family Health & Fitness Day.
Family Health & Fitness Day is an opportunity for people to discover the health benefits to staying fit and active that are provided by local parks and recreation departments throughout the year.
• Nearly three in five adults say that access to park and recreation amenities are very or extremely essential to their mental and physical health.
• Living close to parks and other recreation facilities is consistently related to higher physical activity levels for both adults and youth.
• Parks also provide a connection to nature, which studies demonstrate relieves stress, tightens interpersonal relationships and improves mental health.
• On average, children who live in greener environments weigh less than children who live in less green areas.
You can SAFELY join in the fun of Family Health & Fitness Day by:
• Taking a walk to visit your local park or trail
• Cooking a healthy meal
• Enrolling in a virtual fitness or nutritional program
• Creating your own exercise routine
• Playing outside
To learn more about Family Health & Fitness Day, visit www.nrpa.org/familyfitness