National Parks Month: Explore Your Community Parks

National Parks 1.jpgBeing physically active is important to prevent heart disease, stroke, and other illnesses. Whether it is a structured exercise program or just part of your daily routine, all exercise adds up to a healthier heart. The simplest, positive changes you can make to effectively improve your heart health is to make healthy eating choices and start exercising. [1] During the summer season, keep active and enjoy the outdoors by visiting your local park and going for a walk, run, or bike ride. Bring family and friends to throw a Frisbee or kick a soccer ball, and pack a heart-healthy lunch and lots of water to keep you feeling full, hydrated, and energized!

Delaware County, PA has a variety of parks to choose from. Each with distinct features, parks including Bushkill Falls, Stokes Sate Forest, Worthington State Forest, and Kittatinny Valley State Park are open daily 8 AM to sunset. Every season offers a variety of programs and recreational opportunities such as camping, multi-use trails, boating, fishing and play areas. [2] Enjoy exploring Nottingham County Park, which has 18-station fitness trail and three modern, handicapped-accessible playgrounds!

After you work up and appetite, indulge in this colorful recipe for Chopped Veggie Salad, perfect for a picnic in the park! Flavorful and easy to make, this recipe is one that the whole family will enjoy. Find more heart-healthy recipes, snacks, and more at!


[1] Tips for Long-Term Exercise Success

[2] Chester County Parks

Chopped Veggie Salad Recipe

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