Join us at South Hills Park for a picnic! Walking is a great mood boost!
Let's Take a Walk!

Exercise has amazing advantages for boosting your mental health benefits. You don't have to train for a marathon to get these benefits; studies show that even slow-paced walking can help give your mood a lift. 
A study done in California showed that walking more steps each day made participants feel happier and have more energy. 1 Walking is a great, low-impact activity, making it an easy exercise to attempt. (Always discuss any new exercise programs with your doctor.)
Here are a few of the reasons to schedule in a 20-30 minute walk three times a week 2 .
« Reduce stress- Exercise releases chemicals (norepinephrine) in your brain that helps your brain deal with stress.
« Feel happier- Another chemical released in your brain by walking is endorphins, known for creating feelings of happiness.   A 30-minute walk a few times a week can boost your mood.
« Soak up the sun-  Walking outside can boost your mental health even more. Walks in nature help break negative thought patterns (especially rumination) that can lead to depression.  Plus, getting natural Vitamin D from the sunlight is a great health benefit (do remember to wear sunscreen!).
« Get your creative juices flowing-  Researchers gave creative-thinking tests to people who were seated and while walking: the walkers were more creative than the sitters.
1 http://www.active.com/articles/the-physical-and-psychological-benefits-of-walking
2 http://everybodywalk.org/13-mental-health-benefits-of-exercise/
Picnic in the Park!

Bring your sandwich and join us for an evening outdoors on Wed. May 10th 6-8pm.

We will provide chips, fruit, and outdoor games (like ladder golf and cornhole). Or go for a walk in the park on their paved trails.
 
Location: South Hills Park, 1100 South Lincoln Ave., Lebanon. We'll be at the Picnic Pavilion near Lincoln Ave with blue star balloons. 
 
Upcoming Social Events

Compeer hosts FREE gatherings for our volunteers and clients three times a month: on the second Wednesday evenings, the third Thursday afternoon, and the fourth Thursday afternoon. 

All socials are held at the senior Center Building (710 Maple St.) unless otherwise noted. RSVP to attend or for rides at 272-8317.

Wed. May 10th 6-8pm  
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"Picnic in the Park"  *South Hills Park
Thur. May 18th 1-2:30pm    "Healthy Habits Lunch" 
Holly Dolan, Lebanon Family Health Services 
Thur.  May 25th 1-2pm  
"Coffee and Crafts" 
Wed. June 14th 6-8pm
"Superhero Movie Night"
Thur. June 15th - no social
Thur. June 22nd 1-2pm
"Coffee and Crafts" 
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Happy Birthday!
Warm wishes to our friends and volunteers
Ellen F. 5/12           Brittany T. 6/2
Luz C. 5/14            Elizabeth F. 6/4
Eleanor B. 5/16      Georgette B . 6/10
Linda M. 5/17         Cindy P. 6/10
David R. 5/21        Jeff W. 6/16
Bret P. 5/25           Bill L. 6/26
Carol M. 5/29         
Jessie H. 5/30        
Compeer of Lebanon County |   director@compeer-lebanon.org 
 717-272-8317 | www.compeer-lebanon.org
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