Walk for your health during Parks Week
Wednesday 7 March, 2018
Did you know that research shows spending time in nature is good for your health and wellbeing? Do yourself a favour and get outdoors for a guided walk next week!
Parks Week, 10-18 March 2018, celebrates the vital role parks play in keeping our communities and natural environment healthy.
At a time when people are spending more time indoors with computers and other screens, and many are facing health issues through lack of exercise, it’s even more important to make the most of all the healthy benefits that our parks and nature provide.
It’s time to unlock the power of parks for our health.
To celebrate Parks Week and help Victorians get outdoors and get active, park rangers and volunteers will lead a series of guided walks through parks across Victoria.
To take part in the walks, register for ParkConnect at www.parkconnect.vic.gov.au and search for the ‘Nature Walks’ group. Alternatively, you’re welcome to turn up on the day and join in.
Parks Victoria Walks in Parks Week:
- Tuesday 13 March, 9.30am – Merbein Common, Mildura
- Wednesday 14 March, 9.30am – Kings Billabong Park, Mildura
- Wednesday 14 March, 9.30am – Chinamans Garden, Shepparton Regional Park
- Wednesday 14 March, 10am – Masons Falls Walk, Kinglake National Park
- Wednesday 14 March, 10am – Kennington Reservoir, Bendigo
- Wednesday 14 March, 10am – Lysterfield Park
- Thursday 15 March, 9.30am – Tyers Park, near Moe
- Thursday 15 March, 11am – Braeside Park
- Friday 16 March, 9.30am – Near Aquamoves, Shepparton Regional Park
- Friday 16 March, 10am – Yarra Bend Park
- Friday 16 March, 1pm – Serendip Sanctuary, near Lara
For more information about the walks call 13 1963 or visit www.parks.vic.gov.au.
Quotes attributable to Parks Victoria Healthy Communities Coordinator, Anthea Dee:
“I urge everybody to get out there in Parks Week, to escape into the real world and soak up some nature – whether it’s the park around the corner or one of our natural wonders which can be found all over the state.”
“A growing body of research world-wide suggests that getting into parks and connecting with nature is good for people’s mental, physical and spiritual wellbeing.”
“Our parks and their ecosystems work for us in many ways, giving us clean, filtered air and water, helping us regulate the climate and bringing critical tourism dollars to our cities, towns and regions.”
Media enquiriesStephanie Zilles
0498 007 891
Parks Victoria media centre