‘Wellness Wednesdays’ at Eastman Nature Center Promote Health Benefits of Getting Outside
If you’ve felt a lift in your spirits after spending time in a park or garden, that’s not by accident.
“Research shows that if you spend just two hours a week in a garden or a large park reserve, you can statistically reduce depression, anxiety and also increase hope, creativity and connection with other humans,” said Anne Jaeger, a naturalist with Three Rivers Park District.
Jaeger leads a group of adults on a morning wellness walk on Wednesday mornings at Eastman Nature Center.
“Whether people continue to come visit Elm Creek or visit other parks or even neighborhood parks, that’s the objective of this program,” said Jaeger.
The wellness walk lasts two to three miles and Jaeger points out some of what participants can see and enjoy. On a fall day in September, she emphasized the goldenrod and asters.
The Three Rivers Park District will host “Wellness Wednesdays” every Wednesday from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. at Eastman Nature Center through Nov. 23. No registration is needed.