07 Jul July 7th Is National Father Daughter Take a Walk Day
During the summer, there are many incredible places to walk and enjoy nature as you spend time talking, laughing, and bonding. July 7th is designated as National Father Daughter Take a Walk Day. It is observed annually and promotes the benefits of family bonding time between fathers and daughters and the benefits of physical activity. In addition, research shows that adding a simple walk to your daily routine provides various mental health benefits. For example, research conducted at Harvard University and published in JAMA Psychiatry reports that getting in just one hour of walking per day may cut the risk of depressive feelings by over 25%.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is shedding new light on how difficult the COVID-19 pandemic has been on high school students. The agency has released its first nationally representative survey of teens’ mental state during the COVID-19 outbreak.
In the survey, more than half – 55 percent – of high school students said they experienced emotional abuse from an adult in their home. In addition, 11 percent said they experienced physical abuse. According to Healthline.com, the study reported that 37 percent of high schoolers experienced poor mental health during the pandemic, and 44 percent said they felt persistently sad or hopeless the past year.
Research shows that girls who have involved dads are better able to handle stress, are less prone to depression and anxiety, and are better able to talk about their feelings, according to a study published in the Journal of Family Psychology. Also, girls close to their dads are far less likely to live in poverty and have better physical health, according to a second study done by Rutgers.
South LA has some pretty diverse and fantastic trails to “get your steps in”! Here are a few we suggest:
South Los Angeles Wetlands Loop
Check out the 0.8-km Wetlands Loop e off Avalon Boulevard, between East 55th and 54th Streets. Generally considered an easy route, it takes an average of 9 min to complete. This is a popular trail for trail running and walking, but you can still enjoy some solitude during quieter times of the day. The course is open year-round and is beautiful to visit anytime.
Kenneth Hahn State Recreation Area
Baldwin Hills was part of the homeland of the Tongva people, inhabited by them for over 8,000 years. In 1977 Los Angeles County Supervisor Kenneth Hahn convinced Vice President Walter Mondale to reuse the land, from former oil-drilling sites, for a public open space park. The park is home to the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Tree Grove.
The park is now connected to other open spaces across La Cienega Blvd. via the Park to Playa Bridge and is a keystone segment of the Park to Playa Trail.
Stocker Corridor Trail
This short city trail draws hikers, joggers, and cyclists and is known for its tranquil atmosphere.
Park to Playa Trail
The Park to Playa Trail is a pedestrian and bicycle route that connects the Baldwin Hills Parklands to the Pacific Ocean.