Spending time outdoors, specifically at parks, offers many health benefits to both adults and children. The open space, green grass, trees, and other natural features may improve mood, reduce stress, or increase feelings of overall relaxation. One of the most obvious benefits parks and outdoor spaces offer is a place for people to engage in regular exercise. In fact, the more parks there are in a community, the more people exercise. In addition, people who live closer to parks exercise more than individuals that live farther away from parks.
Parks offer a platform to improve community engagement and increase community physical activity access. South Dakota has parks spread across the state, ranging from the Badlands National Park to the Lake Cochrane Recreation State Park. There also are a number of smaller, city and public parks located across the state open for engagement in physical activity by individuals of all ages.
For more information and resources on South Dakota parks visit http://igrow.org/healthy-families/health-and-wellness/south-dakota-parks-trails-get-outdoors/ or the South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks website.