Fuquay-Varina neighbors 'chalk the walk' with messages of encouragement
Posted March 20, 2020 8:15 a.m. EDT
Updated March 20, 2020 9:08 a.m. EDT
Raleigh, N.C. — With students out of school and many parents working from home in an attempt to limit large gatherings and slow the spread of coronavirus, many are seeking solace in the outdoors.
A walk or run around the neighborhood can be just what the doctor ordered, a benefit to both physical and mental health.
In Cypress Meadow, in Fuquay-Varina, those who are getting some steps will see messages of hope and reassurance on the sidewalk. Parents and kids are using chalk to provide that encouragement, and they hope the idea will spread.
Dr. Allen Mask says, as long as you keep practicing social distancing and keep groups to only two or three people, getting outside is a great idea, especially during this unusual and stressful time. It's a good way to avoid cabin fever and stay mentally well.
Schools, gyms, parks and museums may be closed, but local trails and outdoor activities are still available. Health experts say getting fresh air and exercise is important during this time.
Most parks are open during daylight hours, but facilities like community centers or boating are closed.
The Triangle also boasts an extensive greenway system, with mostly paved paths wide enough for a walk with a friend while maintaining that 6-foot separation.