The sixteenth Forest Week (May 8-14) has the theme “Health comes from the forest”
This year’s sixteenth year of Forest Week is dedicated to the health, by which the forest provides us. Forest Week is organized by a working group of forest educators at the Ministry of Agriculture. The main event of this year’s Forest Week is a virtual charity run (walk), the earned proceeds will go to wheelchair users for a multi-day cycling trip to the forest. The event runs from May 12 to 21, 2023.
Being in the green has an effect on our health and mental state. A Finnish study showed positive effects as early as three to four walks in the green during one week. You can learn more about the positive effects of greenery in the article here.
So, if you want to do something for your health, just go for a walk or run in the forest. And if you also record this activity using, for example, a watch or a mobile application on your phone, you can use them to give health from the forest to people in wheelchairs.
As mentioned above, the main event of this year’s Forest Week is a virtual charity run (walk). The proceeds of this event will be used to help wheelchair users participate in a multi-day cycling trip to the forest. Wheelchair users will ride on special bikes that they control only with their hands – so-called hand bikes.
“We live by movement. Just like you,” explains Ms. Michaela Krunclová, chair of the Wheelchair Sports Club. “Movement used to give us the joy in every day’s life. It is important for everyone and especially for people in wheelchairs. Forest Week invites you to move in the most beautiful environment of Czech forests, and for a good cause. Sign up for a virtual run and thus help the disabled to move, who cannot do sports without your help,” encourages Ms. Krunclová.
Runners and walkers of all ages, including children, can participate in the Virtual Run for Wheelchairs. The event runs from May 12 to 21, 2023.
You can sign up here.
Forest Weeks are such reminders of the work of foresters who still restore our forests even under difficult climatic conditions. Foresters in the past and today strive to preserve and continuing the forest for future generations. Take advantage of the opportunity to support a profession that takes care of a third of our territory, and help those who have a difficult time to learn about the benefits of the forest.