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Did you know you could get rewarded just for moving in Nashville! I'm talking about a free meal, free round of golf, and a free camping trip, to name a few. It is all possible through the Tennessee Healthy Parks online tool.

Sade Meeks, MS, RD


Did you know you could get rewarded just for moving in Nashville! I'm talking about a free meal, free round of golf, and a free camping trip, to name a few. It is all possible through the Tennessee Healthy Parks online tool.

Here's how it works:

  1. You simply download the app “Healthy Parks.”
  2. Next, you want to create an account. It’s as simple as entering your email and creating a password. 3.Finally, check-in! Once you have your account set up, you’ll be able to earn points every time you check in somewhere to take a hike, ride a bike, go for a walk, or play a sport.

You're only limited to one check-in a day, but by all means, don’t let that limit keep you from moving, there are so many great parks in Nashville to explore! In fact, here are my top 5 park check-ins.

Ted Rhodes Park:

A walking surprise

As you pull up to the parking lot of Ted Rhodes Park, you may see tons of golf clubs, golf carts, and the perfectly cut, green grass of the golf course. However, surrounding this golf course is also a pleasant 11.9 mile surprise. This park is not only home to a golf course, but it also connects you to one of the longest trails in Nashville, the Cumberland River Greenway. “BAHH”! Another surprise! While walking the trail, you may encounter the NashvilleChew Crew Sheep grazing. The chew crew strategically uses sheep to clear overgrown landscapes.

Centennial Park:

Learn and Play

While viewing women's suffrage monuments, the WWII Steam locomotive, and locals paddle-boating on the lake, you may question whether you’re walking into a museum or a park. Well, it’s both! Centennial Park wonderfully merges Tennessee’s history with nature. It is also home to the Parthenon, Nashville’s art museum. If you like to learn hard and play hard, this place is perfect for you! You can play a game of frisbee in the open green space and then brush up on your Tennessee history.

Radnor Lake State Park

A walk in the wildlife

Owls, Turkeys, Turtles, and Deer, Oh My! If you’re looking for a wildlife environment, without having to leave the city, this is the park for you! You can bet on encountering a few wildlife creatures as you walk up the unpaved hiking trail through the woods. This park is ideal for an outdoorsy person who wants o feel immersed in the wildlife without having to drive too far. Its located only six miles from downtown! Another plus is its beautiful calming lake. This is the move for a relaxing day in the city’s wildlife.

Two Rivers Dog Park:

Parks are your dog’s other best friend

Dogs are a man’s (or woman’s) best friend. With that being, sometimes you can’t get moving without your favorite furry animal. Parks are great places to get moving with your pet, and I must mention Two Rivers Dog Park, is one of them. This park has a few extra amenities that put it at the top of my list. This park is fenced, has a shaded pavilion, and features a few doggy waste stations throughout the park (and even complimentary bags!). It’s well suited for even Nashville’s most hot summer days. Just imagine it is 90 degrees outside, you left your water bottle at home, and you and your dog are thirsty! No problem! At Two Rivers park, you can stop at the water fountain to quench your thirst and your dog's thirst. That’s right; they have dog water fountains! Now you see why parks are also dog’s best friends.

Elmington Park

Foodie friendly

One thing about Nashville is that it is full of a lot of green spaces and nature! Another thing about Nashville is that it’s a growing food scene. Elmington considers both beloved parts of Nashville. There’s nothing like walking outside and catching the alluring aroma of hot chicken and waffles or empanadas off the grill. Don’t be surprised to experience both while taking a walk at Elmington Park. Here, you’re likely to see athletes playing soccer in the open field, families taking a nature walk, and colorful food trucks parked along the pavement. It’s quite ideal if you ask me, your fellow foodie. You have to refuel when you're moving!




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