Being that poor diet and physical inactivity are the number two leading actual causes of death, we believe that having a public place where people can come and exercise is very important to public health. This is why we chose to place our sticker on the fitness trail at Copeland Park. Located in the inner-city area of Tampa off of Fowler Avenue, Copeland Park provides a nature trail which can be used for walking, jogging, roller blading, or biking. Along the trail are various stations which provide equipment for different exercises, which work different parks of the body. For example, the station we took our picture at has monkey bars, which are excellent for building arm strength. Each station provides instructions for different exercises that can be performed on the equipment, making it more accessible for people who don’t know a lot about exercise and fitness, and also promoting safety so that the equipment isn’t used improperly which could result in injury. Since not everyone can afford a gym membership, we believe that free access to amenities like this can be very beneficial to society. Obesity related health problems such as heart disease and diabetes are very common, and a lot of the time they can be prevented by our behaviors, such as by leading a healthy lifestyle which includes proper diet and exercise. Not only is this nature trail better than going to the gym because it’s free, but it also allows you to enjoy sunlight and fresh air which many people neglect in today’s technology based society. Furthermore, it is known that exercise elevates mood by releasing endorphins, so if more people take advantage of trails like these, we may be on our way to a happier, healthier community!
By: Alexa Fernandez, Antinia Taylor, David Aristil, Natasha Salazar, Klaus Laleau, and Quintensia Gaitan-Harris