The Department of Natural Resources wants Iowans to be healthier and they say the best way to start is by heading outside.
The DNR unveiled a new program Tuesday called Healthy and Happy Outdoors or H2O. It is designed to connect Iowans with outdoor resources across the state.
According to the DNR studies show contact with nature positively affects blood pressure, cholesterol, outlook on life, stress reduction and behavioral problems among children.
“The bottom line goal with H2O is to show Iowans where they can go and what they can do in this beautiful state,”said Chuck Gipp, DNR Director.
The H2O website lists 30 types of outdoor activities at the 1,600 state and county parks.
Those people looking to get healthy can create an account and log their activity to be entered for special prize drawings.