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Hang out in Nature for the Health of it!

Sandbox S. ASEBP - @asebp.ab.ca | April 23 2018 2:26 PM
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The World Health Organization reports that spending time in nature allows the mind to relax and reduces stress. How do you and other employees reap the health benefits of the great outdoors throughout the school year?

Peggy S. ASEBP - @asebp.ab.ca | April 26 2018 11:33 AM

Nature gives us so many gifts—besides its beauty, wonder and tranquility—the simple act of breathing fresh air serves to re-energize and revitalize us. I’ve found lots of ways to get outside in both my personal and professional lives, so here are some of my best suggestions:

·         Plan an outdoor activity to celebrate National Forest Week, which is May 6-12 this year

·         Hold an offsite staff meeting (my personal favourite is on the bleachers at the local ball diamond)

·         Take a break with your colleagues to fly kites in the schoolyard

·         Schedule a picnic lunch day—simply pick a date and remind everyone to bring a blanket and a bag lunch

·         Host a “snow sculpture week” during the winter months

To get started today, try enjoying brief outdoor walks while tracking your school’s progress on Get Out Get Active—you can even challenge other schools or worksites to join in on the fun!