Daily physical activity is often only utilized for weight loss, but is important for decreasing risk of heart disease, avoiding injuries, feeling top-notch mentally, being fit, and living longer. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), exercise is imperative in staving off the risk of heart attacks, stroke, high blood pressure, type-2-diabetes, obesity, depression, breast and colon cancer, and osteoporosis in everyone from children to adults. Research by the American Journal of Preventative Medicine, says Marcus Hiles, shows that maintaining an active lifestyle can add up to five years to one’s life expectancy, while The Lancet’s studies show mental and social benefits such as “a sense of purpose and value, a better quality of life, improved sleep and reduced stress, as well as stronger relationships and social connectedness.”
Urban parks and wilderness environments dramatically increase the health and well-being of the citizens who live nearby, according to research from the U.S. Centre for Disease Control (CDC). They are a necessary resource for strengthening American cities. The CDC’s research shows an exciting and positive correlation between access to community areas and the likelihood of someone actually choosing to exercise. In addition to physical activity, these open spaces encourage fellowship and fun and often become the hub of a city’s activities. Parks truly are an investment in the prosperity and growth of the neighborhood. Always one to support and promote the enjoyment of nature, Marcus Hiles has contributed to the health and well-being of multiple Texas cities this generous gift. Hiles views this as much more than a gift, however – these community parks are an essential part of his overall vision for healthy communities. His company plants thousands of trees each year, part of his mandate for eco-friendly business. Easy access to green spaces full of living things, vegetation and wildlife make neighborhoods healthier, friendlier, more inviting and eventually more prosperous.