As a way to promote health and enjoy the facility at the same time, the George Washington Carver National Monument will be hosting Healthy Parks Healthy People on Saturday, June 28.

The event – which is free and open to the public – will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

“We want to get people aware of what the National Parks are for, and to learn about nature and recreation as well,” said Randall Becker, supervisory park ranger at the monument. “And they can help to benefit their wellness and fitness goals.”

It is the second time that the monument has hosted this event.
“It is a global initiative, the park service is really taking it on,” he added.

The day-long event is a partnership with community health leaders and educators. It will focus on helping people to achieve their health and fitness goals. The event will give participants the opportunity to take a doctor led morning walk, create a healthy trail snack, learn about Carver’s agricultural bulletins to promote healthy foods and farms, recreate a Carver science demonstration, attend health and wellness presentations, bicycle safety workshops, therapeutic art and dance, outdoor games and activities, receive free blood pressure checks, and much more related to healthy living.

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, Art Feeds, Carver Birthplace Association, and the Bicycle Specialists Company of Joplin.

Becker said he is seeing more and more people using the monument and other national parks for exercising.

“We have seen a lot more use of our trail system here,” he said.

Becker said he hopes a few hundred people will attend the event.

“We are exciting to be offering it again and are looking forward to it,” he said.

For more information, please call the monument at 325-4151.