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Natural Awakenings South Central Pennsylvania

Getting Outdoors Brings Better Health

With 121 state parks, 2.2 million acres of state forest and more than 11,000 miles of trails, Pennsylvania’s state parks and forests offer a lot of opportunity and free access to the outdoors. A new video series from the Pennsylvania Parks and Forests Foundation on the health benefits of outdoor recreation is intended to inspire healthy active lifestyles and a connection with nature.

Options including hiking, biking, canoeing, rafting, skiing, walking in the woods and more. Activities like these have proven major benefits for human health and wellness due to their ability to clear the mind, engage our senses and get our bodies moving.

The in PPFF video Health Benefits and Outdoor Recreation was created with funding assistance from the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, Bureau of Recreation and Conservation, Community Conservation Partnership Program. It's available in smaller, 36-second segments focused on individual topic areas of physical, mental and emotional health at

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