Archive for December 28th, 2012

Resolutions: Healthier…Happier…Smarter

Friday, December 28th, 2012

Image courtesy of Children and Nature Network

Image courtesy of Children and Nature Network

This is Passport to Texas

Healthier…happier…smarter: That’s what Texas Parks and Wildlife Outreach and Education Director Nancy Herron says you will be when you commit to spending time outdoors.

03— There’s a whole bevy of benefits from being outdoors.

Over the next several days Nancy joins us and suggests resolutions you might embrace for a healthier, happier, and even smarter New Year. Today we focus on health.

60— One of the most fun resolutions is to get a little dose of “vitamin N” every day – and that’s vitamin Nature. Being outdoors in nature, even 30 minutes a day, will make a big difference. If you get outside and take a nice walk, a stroll in the park. If you break it up even in three ten minute chunks, it just helps in a lot of ways physically. It reduces your stress. I have seen you taking a little stroll around the building before. I do try and take a little break. And you know we actually know that little walk around the block – wherever it is – there’s nature everywhere. There’s nearby nature in a city block. Just getting outdoors, just getting a little fresh air – even if you’re checking out the sky and making some shapes out of the clouds: it’s a good break for you and gets you physically moving. And that’s the biggest problem we have is we’re just not moving around. So, let’s get outside and move. And it’s as simple as thirty minutes a day, three ten minute breaks. Give yourself some recess and have fun.

Tomorrow it’s a brand New Year, and we get happy.

For Texas Parks and Wildlife…I’m Cecilia Nasti.