Let's All go to the Park Explore 5 fabulous south Santa Clara County parks!

“It’s no surprise that being outside in nature helps both our mental and physical health. Parks are a wonderful way to bring nature into our urban and suburban spaces and ensure that people enjoy those health benefits. Parks foster social interaction and bring communities together, which is also good for health!”

— Sara H. Cody, MD, Santa Clara County Health Officer and Public Health Director

Diabetic individuals taking a 30-minute walk in a green space experienced lower blood glucose levels than spending the same amount of time doing physical activity in other settings.

- From the National Recreation and Parks Association

Eight reasons to get outdoors and enjoy a walk in the park

  1. Being in nature can improve your mood.
  2. Having access to parks can increase physical activity and combat obesity.
  3. Parks and their health benefits can be enjoyed by anyone regardless of who you are and where you come from.
  4. Contact with nature through parks improves all people's physical, mental and spiritual health.
  5. Parks foster social connections which are vital to community cohesion and contribute to social benefits.
  6. For children, parks foster active play, which is associated with physical, cognitive and social benefits.
  7. For adolescents, parks improve mental and social health during what is often a challenging time of life.
  8. Park use is linked to physical and mental health benefits among adults, especially older adults.

Credit: www.nps.gov

Fabulous Park #1: Little Llagas Creek Trail, 171 W. Edmundson Avenue, Morgan Hill, CA. Saturday, May 13, 2017 from 10:00 a.m. - Noon. Meet at the Centennial Recreation Center to take a walk, run or bike up to 5 miles along the creek trails. Bike safety and helmet fitting will be offered on this day.
Fabulous Park #2: Galvan Park, 17666 Crest Avenue, Morgan Hill, CA. Thursday, June 29, 2017 from 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. Come join us at the Annual "Summer Fun in the Park" and enjoy family fitness activities.
Fabulous Park #3: Coyote Creek Parkway, 19245 Malaguera Avenue, Morgan Hill, CA. Saturday, July 15, 2017 from 9:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. Go to the Park Visitor Center. Learn about walk trails, Native American History and other historical accounts from an experienced park guide.
Fabulous Park #4: San Ysidro Park, 7700 Murray Avenue, Gilroy, CA. Thursday, August 10, 2017 from 6 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.; Annual "Party in the Park" and family fitness activities.
Fabulous Park #5: Gilroy Levee, 5925 Monterey Frontage, Gilroy, CA. Saturday, September 9, 2017 from 10 a.m. - Noon Meet at Gilroy Sports Park. Walk, run or bike up to 10 miles. Bike safety and helmet fitting will be provided on this day.

These events are a collaborative effort provided by the Santa Clara County Public Health Department, City of Morgan Hill, City of Gilroy, Santa Clara County Parks, South County United for Health Leadership Team, and South County Collaborative.

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Created with images by D. Brandsma - "taking a breather" • omourya - "park bench sitting seat"

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