DIAMOND — George Washington Carver National Monument will host the Healthy Parks Healthy People event from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at the monument.
"Different parks have done this before in the park service, this is the first time at Carver," said Randall Becker, supervisory park ranger. "I think that the main purpose is to support people and encourage people to get out and, whatever their goals are, to become healthier. We have brought in a bunch of health care professionals, leaders and educators into the park. We are up to eight partners that they will be doing different workshops, exercise classes, hikes and presentations. Dietitians from Freeman Health System are doing healthy snacks, they are going to be bringing buckets of things to create your own trail mix with."
"Healthy Parks Healthy People" partners include Freeman Health System, University of Missouri Extension Services, American Heart Association, Live Smart Southwest Missouri, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Joplin Family YMCA, Art Feeds, Carver Birthplace Association, and the Bicycle Specialists Company of Joplin.
The free event will give participants the opportunity to take a doctor/ranger led walk, create a healthy trail snack, learn about Carver's agricultural bulletins to promote healthy foods and farms, participate in science experiments, attend health and wellness presentations, bicycle safety workshops, exercise classes, outdoor games and activities, receive free blood pressure checks, and much more related to healthy living.
"I would say bring your walking shoes, exercising shoes," he said. "We will have a yoga instructor here, she will be doing an hour long yoga class, bring a yoga mat or beach towel. And an open mind, be willing to learn new things and try new things."
Becker said the monument is pleased with the event.
"It is a new approach to promote health and well being for everybody," he said. "We are looking forward to it."
For more information, please call the monument at 325-4151.