By: Pembroke Childs
Now that the weather is better, it’s time to get outside!
• You can feel healthier and greener by just spending a few minutes of your work day in the fresh air. “Spending time outdoors, especially in green spaces, is one of the fastest ways
to improve your health and happiness,” says Time Magazine, staff writer, Jamie Ducharme.
• A new study shows that people who visit some kind of park/green outdoor space, even for a short time, experience mental and physical recuperative effects. More information about
the corroborating, scientific study by Dr. Hon K. Yuen, PhD, OTR/L are detailed in this article published in the International Journal of Environmental Health Research.
• In his book, Vitamin N: The Essential Guide to a Nature-Rich Life, Richard Louv, outlines “500 ways to enrich the health and happiness of your family and community”, while combating a
“nature-deficit disorder.” Be inspired by fun projects, fusing tech and the outside world like “Wild snapping.” Invent your own nature gym. Learn about how libraries play an essential role in creating nature-rich communities.
Can’t get outside?
• A micro-break consisting of stretches and desk yoga can incorporate health in your workday. For example, a simple computer reminder on your e-calendar or cellphone can encourage
you to get up every few hours and move.
• Bring the outside, in, with a simple low-light plant.
Spend time outside during your weekend, consider one of these great local destinations:
• Penn State Arboretum
• Snetsinger Butterfly Garden
• Centre Region Parks and Recreation
• Shaver’s Creek Environmental Center
• Whipple Dam State Park
• Bald Eagle State Park
• Black Moshannon State Park
• Canoe Creek State Park
• Prince Gallitzin State Park
Remember to protect yourself and family from ticks.