Healthy Living: Fresh Air, Fitness, Friendship, and Fun

Numerous studies have shown that as we grow older, our health may decline from lack of exercise and, more importantly, loneliness and isolation. Join Timucuan Parks Foundation and AARP this fall for monthly Thursday morning walks in four of Jacksonville’s parks and preserves and learn some new ways to follow a path to healthy living.

Walks are free and open to all ages, but preregistration for each is required. You can register for one walk or multiple walks.

All walks start at 9 AM and end at noon.

Healthy Living: Food and Fitness
September 12
“S-Line” Trail Downtown

Join us for a health-filled morning of stretching, a one-mile walk on the paved off-road S-Line to the Sugar Hill mosaic, and a presentation and sampling of healthy food options by the University of Florida Duval County Extension. Learn more about the Emerald Trail, a 19-mile multi-use trail planned for downtown Jacksonville, that is in the initial stages of development.

Healthy Living: Just Add Rhythm

October 10
Losco Regional Park

Losco Regional Park is located in Mandarin and not only has that “neighborhood park” feel, but also hosts more than three miles of wilderness trails. Join us for a one to two-mile walk in the woods followed by a stress-reducing and fun drumming session with “Just Add Rhythm.” Register for the Just Add Rhythm walk.

Healthy Living: Hike Into History

November 14
Fort Caroline National Memorial

Home of the Timucuan Preserve Visitor Center, this National Park Service site within the Jacksonville city limits memorializes the site of a 16th-century French colony—the first European settlement in the US. A ranger-led walk will lead to the memorial fort, with a stop at the Timucuan hut to learn about the cultural aspects of the Florida natives, such as hunting methods, food, clothing, and shelter. Finally, we will walk the 1.2 mile LeMoyne Trail loop through a peaceful maritime hammock. Register for the Hike into History walk.

Healthy Living: Art in the Park

December 12
Jacksonville Arboretum

Research shows both positive mental and spiritual effects when people have access to nature. The therapeutic potential of natural parks relies on its complexity, mystery, and power—all elements that foster restorative effects in people. Relax, observe, breathe, and capture that feeling as we take a one-mile guided walk through the arboretum and then try our hand at “plein air” (open air) painting or drawing. Register for the Art in the Park walk.