Public invited to Peoria Park District meeting


A 20-minute walk in a park or natural area helps children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder focus.   File photo

The public is invited to the regular meeting of the Peoria Park District Board of Trustees tonight at 6 o'clock at the Proctor Recreation Center.

This is one of several meetings to be held in each of the three districts served by Peoria Park trustees to more actively involve the community in planning the district’s future. At each off-site meeting, park district staff will highlight ways that the district improves the community. This meeting focuses on the "health power" of parks.

Key points include the following information, gathered by the National Recreation and Parks Association:

• Children living within two-thirds of a mile from a park with a playground are five times more likely to be a healthy weight. Time spent outside equals higher levels of physical activity in children.

• A 20-minute walk in a park or natural area helps children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder focus.

• Active children show more brain activity and are 20 percent more likely to earn an A in English or math.

• Physician-diagnosed depression is 33 percent higher in residential areas with the fewest green spaces, compared to the neighborhoods with the most.

• Individuals report less mental distress and higher life satisfaction when living in greener areas.

Tonight's meeting is part of a larger effort to raise awareness about the positive effects that Peoria Park District facilities and programs have on local residents.

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