Signs with physical, emotional wellness tips installed at county trails | Local News

New signs calling for physical and mental well-being have been installed along five hiking trails in Jefferson County, said Adam Peters, community engagement team leader for the Jefferson County Health Department.

Each of the paths, called “JeffCo Wellness Walks”, has 10 signs with an invitation to physical or mental wellbeing.

“So you have push-ups, sit-ups, and hops on each leg,” said Peters. “We have to take five deep breaths, give ourselves three compliments, and then give someone a high five or a punch.

“We know that (physical and emotional wellbeing) are very closely related,” said Peters. “Often the better you are physically, the better you are mentally and that goes hand in hand.”

The Department of Health bought the signs and they were installed in the Peace Pantry, 8100 S. Industrial Drive, Cedar Hill in early September; Hillsboro City Park, 10975 Highway. 21; Arnold City Park, 2400 Bradley Beach Road; Pomme Creek Park, 1 Golfview Drive, in Arnold; and Northwest Jefferson County Sports Complex, 4900 Byrnesville Road, House Springs.

“I’ve made them all and each one is a little bit unique,” said Peters.

He said the Department of Health bought 14 signs that cost a total of $ 6,375. He said the purchase was funded with a federal maternal and child health grant that the department receives every year.

Peters said the Get Healthy De Soto group has a kit and is looking for a place to install it. The city of Festus has a set and plans to set it up in Larry G. Crites Park, formerly known as West City Park.

Peters said the health department still has seven signs and is looking for a place to put them up.

“We’re really trying to find a unique place where people could be a little more active when they had a better opportunity,” he said.

Linda Schroeder, CEO of the Peace Pantry in Cedar Hill, said in a written statement that she had received positive feedback on the wellness walk there.

“I’ve had the opportunity to interact with some of those who are using the trail, and it’s wonderful to see the impact projects like this have on residents,” she said.

Arnold’s recreation manager Teresa Kohut said she had also heard positive comments about the mile-long wellness walks in Arnold.

“I think anything that helps make a walk more exciting or just more interesting,” she said, “I think people enjoy it.”

Kohut said she hopes people will take advantage of the walks and enjoy Arnold’s “beautiful” parks.

“If we can add those added health benefits there too, that’s an even bigger bonus,” she said.

“I think it’s great that they have minor mental disorders there.

Peters said he got the idea for the signs during the Department of Health’s Spring In Wellness program – a community activity challenge that ran in local parks from April through June. The activity included a wellness tour with handcrafted signs.

“While we were at it, we found that the people who were in the park just started making the announcements,” he said.

Peters said the new signs at the Wellness Walks have a QR code that people can scan with their phones for simpler or more advanced prompts.

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