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outside habit - then I was going to
continue doing that. "
Today, as a writer and speaker,
encourage
Valerio continues
to
people to live their lives to the
fullest via outdoor experiences in
whatever spaces and ways they
enjoy most. " I encourage people
to always redefine the outdoors or
outside as it pertains to them and
their own lives and where they
live and their lifestyles, " she says.
" If being outside means being on
your stoop or porch, then that's the
outdoors.... We've got to get rid
of these notions that the outdoors
means just one thing. "
For many people, their local
parks are a vital component of
their outdoor experience. According
to the fitness blogger, there are
a few simple steps park patrons and
staff alike can take to make these
places welcoming for all, so that
everyone can enjoy the physical
and mental health benefits of the
outdoors. " I believe that we have
to let people be themselves and
do what it is that they do to make
themselves happy. Just let them do
it! And let's not step in and try to
box people in or pigeonhole them
into something because they have
a certain look about them, because
they have a certain gender... or
[because] you have some feelings
about them, " she says. " And I think
that's a pretty easy thing to achieve
- especially when we're talking
about the outdoors, we're talking
about parks.... Greet people, acknowledge
their humanity, be kind,
be forgiving. It's just like the basic
rules of humanity. Extend those to
outdoor spaces, too. "
Valerio concludes the interview
with a succinct bit of advice: " If
you know somebody who could
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use the awesomeness of being outside,
invite them along. With no expectations,
with no ulterior motives
but to help them take part in what
it is to be human. "
To hear the interview with Valerio
on Open Space Radio, visit tinyurl.
com/2p8r84jf.
Lindsay Hogeboom is Associate Editor and Writer for NRPA's
Parks & Recreation magazine (lhogeboom@nrpa.org).
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