Commission to hear about parks, recreation and the connection to health

Regular participation in physical activity can provide social and emotional benefits

VANCOUVER — Convenient access to parks, open spaces and quality recreational facilities and programs greatly increases the likelihood of physical activity. Regular participation in physical activity can provide social and emotional benefits by reducing depression and anxiety, improving mood and maintaining a healthy lifestyle.

Area residents have the opportunity to learn about the connection between health and access to open space and recreation opportunities at the next meeting of the Commission on Aging. Photo by Mike Schultz
Area residents have the opportunity to learn about the connection between health and access to open space and recreation opportunities at the next meeting of the Commission on Aging. Photo by Mike Schultz

Area residents have the opportunity to learn about the connection between health and access to open space and recreation opportunities at the next meeting of the Commission on Aging, 4:30 p.m. Wed., April 17.

The meeting will be in the sixth-floor Hearing Room of the Public Service Center, 1300 Franklin St.

David Cohen and Dr. Phil Wu, from The Interwine will present on the con­nection between health and nature. Marie Bouvier, from the Ridgefield Parks Board will talk about the city’s efforts to increase access to parks. Angela Bro­sius from Vancouver Parks and Recreation will discuss how the city’s recreational programs impact older adults’ lives.

The April 17 discussion is the second meeting this year focused on healthy communities, especially for people 65 and older. Healthy communities can contribute to one’s ability to live independently, safely, and comfortably.

The Commission on Aging, supported by the Clark County Council, is a nine-member volunteer group that implements the Aging Readiness Plan and provides leadership addressing needs of aging community members. For more about the commission, visit www.clark.wa.gov/aging.

Commission meetings are carried live on CVTV Channel 23 and online at www.cvtv.org. To see replay times, go to www.cvtv.org.

Information provided by Clark Co. WA Communications.

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