John Zeanah ,Program Manager, Mid-South Regional Greenprint & Sustainability Plan and members of the Regional Greenprint Consortium received a warm welcome from DeSoto County Board of Supervisors President Mark Gardner and Mayor Chip Johnson at Landers Center as the citizens of DeSoto County gathered to learn more about the Regional Greenprint.
DeSoto County Greenways & Parks participated in the 8th Annual North Mississippi Senior Expo held on Friday, May 3, 2013. LifeStyle Transitions hosted the Senior Expo at the Southaven Arena in Southaven, MS. The day had over 730 attendees with the Greenways booth being one of 70 venders that participated in this year’s theme, “Spring Has Sprung”.
CITIES MOBILIZE FOR NATIONAL KIDS TO PARKS DAY
DeSoto County, MS Signs On for May 18 Nationwide Park Celebration
DeSoto County, MS, May 18th – Hundreds of thousands of children nationwide, including here in DeSoto County will take part in a grassroots movement to discover America’s parks through play on Saturday, May 18, to commemorate National Park Trust’s (NPT) third annual National Kids to Parks Day.
At a time when an obesity epidemic touches nearly 1 in 3 children who are either overweight or obese, communities are witnessing sky-rocketing rates of high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes and elevated cholesterol levels in children. Like DeSoto County, other communities across the nation are committing to a simple motto: “active kids are healthy kids” and encouraging their residents to use National Kids to Parks Day as the first of many days spent outdoors, at local parks and recreation sites, to develop more active, healthy lifestyles.
(Memphis, TN) – A regional consortium of community organizations and cities is diligently working on a “Greenprint” that creates greater access to green space and alternate transportation opportunities all around the Mid-South. This effort takes vision, careful planning, and valuable public input to assure the community’s values, needs, and desires are met. Please join us at our second of four region-wide public meeting to “Express Yourself!” and add to the Mid-South Regional Greenprint and Sustainability Plan. This meeting will be held on Tuesday, May 14th at the Landers Civic Center located at 4560 Venture Dr. in Southaven, MS. It begins at 5:30 p.m. with Greenprint 101, a chance to explore more about the plan and connect with others from the region. From 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., an interactive program will provide an update on the process followed by a breakout session to allow members of the public to share their ideas and values for how the region’s future can look.
JEFFERSON CITY – Missouri has been named the “Best Trails State” by American Trails, a national, nonprofit organization working on behalf of the nation’s hiking, biking and riding trails. The award was announced today at the International Trails Symposium in Arizona. The national award is presented every two years to the state that has made tremendous contributions to promote and improve their trails system.
“Missouri has an outstanding system of trails that can accommodate a wide variety of activities ranging from a short walk to a hike through the wilderness,” said Gov. Jay Nixon. “This award is a great honor for our state, and I encourage all Missouri families to get out there and take advantage of this incredible resource found right here in the Show-Me State.
DeSoto Greenways Celebrates Earth Day-Every Day
DeSoto County Greenways & Parks participated in the DeSoto County 3rd Annual Earth Day Event on Saturday, April 20, 2013 on the Hernando Courthouse lawn. The Greenways booth played an important role in informing the community about the Leave No Trace Ethics and the trails system in DeSoto County.
Camping with children can bring you back to the simplicity of nature. It increases your awareness of your surroundings and can refresh your appreciation for the many things that so often go unnoticed. Many things are learned and experienced for the first time during each day in the life of a child. Patience is almost unavoidable. It is so important to take the time to enjoy the journey of these new experiences with your child. In nature there are so many amazing things to discover.
American childhood has moved indoors during the last two decades, taking a mental and physical toll on today’s kids. The negative impact of decreased time outdoors includes a doubling of the childhood obesity rate–accompanied by an incremental hundred billion dollar cost to our health care system–as well as declining creativity, concentration and social skills.
Avoiding snakes is a key part of hiking safety. While the chances of being bitten by a poisonous snake are low, a few simple steps can reduce the risk even farther.
John Zeanah ,Program Manager, Mid-South Regional Greenprint & Sustainability Plan and Paul Young, Shelby County TN Director of Sustainability received a warm welcome from Mayor Chip Johnson at the Gale Community Center as the citizens of Hernando and DeSoto County gathered to learn more about the Regional Greenprint.