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Winter Wellness Comes To Spring Mill State Park

Last updated on Wednesday, December 21, 2016

(MITCHELL) - If you are a hiker, walker, geocacher or just need to get outside more, you won’t want to miss learning some tips for a healthy winter outdoor experience and find out how to “beat the winter blues” on a wintertime hike that is fun for all ages at “Tales of Trail: Winter Wellness.”

Purdue Extension - Lawrence County and Spring Mill State Park are partnering to host this event, the fifth in an ongoing series, on Saturday, January 21 from 10 a.m. until noon at Spring Mill State Park.

"In our last meetup, we sampled wild edibles, participated in nature yoga to reduce stress, learned how families can connect while out in nature and swapped stories about favorite outdoor experiences," says Wyatt Williams, naturalist at Spring Mill State Park. "We are excited to extend the opportunity into the winter months with this event."

Participants will receive information about building healthy and safe exercise habits indoors and outdoors during the winter; how to recognize the difference between winter blues and depression and how to help themselves and others through it; as well as engaging in a brisk guided hike on one of Spring Mill's trails.

"One of the many services if Purdue Extension is to provide information to people all over the state about topics related to health, nutrition, family and money," says Katie Zuber, health and human sciences educator for Purdue Extension - Lawrence County. "Winter is a tough time for folks, both mentally and physically. We want to get people out of their houses, seeing others and building community."

Individuals and families are welcome and participants are encouraged to wear warm, comfortable clothes and shoes for the guided hike. Participants will meet at the Lakeview Activity Center.

"Tales of Trails" is an ongoing quarterly event so watch for another meeting in April 2017 focusing on Purdue Extension's Family Nature Program.

For more details or if reasonable accommodations are needed, contact Katie Zuber at Purdue Extension - Lawrence County at (812) 275-4623 or Wyatt Williams at Spring Mill State Park at (812) 849-3534.

Information is also available at http://bit.ly/Talesof TrailsWinterWellness

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