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Healthy Rivers, Healthy You Challenge: Paddle Strong to Live Long 
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Want to gain a meaningful relationship with water while becoming a healthier you? Grab your paddle & hit the river! Kayaking can be an awesome way of experiencing nature while exercising at the same time!

Did you know that paddling has not only physical, but also mental benefits? Kayaking at 5 mph burns about 800 calories per hour! Not only that, but with every repetition of paddling, you are toning the muscles in your arms, back, chest, and stomach! You’re going to look good! Kayaking is also associated with stress relief. No office, no electronics, and no traffic. Hey, a bad day of paddling is better than a good day at work!

Georgia River Network Promotes Paddling

Want to take this challenge to the next level? Go to Georgia River Network’s water trail website find your nearest established or developing water trail, and challenge yourself a little extra to paddle one! Also look at our calendar for GRN events and other local river groups for opportunities to get on your river! Make sure to document your paddle experience, and send your submissions to our Facebook page to be featured as an exceptional participant!

Check out this cool video on how you can be healthy while kayaking!

Make sure to reach out to us on social media, and let us know how you’re doing by tagging @GeorgiaRiverNetwork and using the hashtag #riverhealthy. You can also reach out to us via email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Be sure to sign up for our newsletters to see featured participants and stay up to date on what Georgia River Network is doing.
 

Healthy Rivers, Healthy You Challenge: Look for Litter by Your River
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What better way to help keep our rivers clean than to simply pick up the trash we see in or around them? Find the healthier you by simply grabbing a trashbag, finding a river near you, and picking up the trash you see! By getting outside and walking to help clean our rivers, you’re taking an important step to becoming healthier. Sometimes it’s the little exercises that count! Did you know that walking just one mile a day burns 100 calories? And studies show that if you add 2,000 steps to your regular activities during the day, you may never gain another pound? Who would’ve thought litter could be a good thing?

Georgia River Network Supports River Clean-Up

Don’t know where to get started? Join your local riverkeeper for a clean-up on a river near you! Georgia River Network works with river groups to initiate river restoration programs. These programs help get people like you out on local waterways to participate in community river cleanups, water quality testing, and much more to ensure that we can continue to enjoy Georgia’s beautiful rivers. This is why Georgia River Network needs your help, because because river protection and cleanliness starts with you!

Make sure to reach out to us on social media, and let us know how you’re doing by tagging @GeorgiaRiverNetwork and using the hashtag #riverhealthy. You can also reach out to us via email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Be sure to sign up for our newsletters to see featured participants and stay up to date on what Georgia River Network is doing.
 

 

Healthy Rivers, Healthy You Challenge: Relationship With Your River  
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Want to kickstart your healthy journey with Georgia River Network, but don’t know where to begin? Start by seeking out your local river! GRN can help you can find what rivers are near you by following this link.

Found your river yet? What are you waiting for, let’s go! You can start by just looking at the river and taking in all of the sights and sounds. Try and see what trees, plants, animals, bugs, etc. are there! Next (if you can), get in the water! Is the river big? Small? Fast-moving or slower-moving? Take mental notes! Also note how you feel while experiencing your river. Do you feel more relaxed? Think about why! When you get out and experience nature, it can have a calming effect on your body and mind! Rivers can affect mental health too!

Once you get home, look up facts about your local river, and learn its history. Get to know it! Maybe you can work up to paddling it! Once you learn about your local river, you can start to see why it’s important to keep Georgia’s rivers beautiful and clean: so people like you can go and enjoy them too! Make sure to document your river experience! Share with us on our social media or send us an email, and make sure to look and see if we feature you as a rockin’ river rat!

Georgia River Network Wants You to Know Your River

Live near the Broad River, Etowah River, or Chattahoochee River? Check out Georgia River Network’s guidebooks for these wonderful waterways! Filled with history, interesting facts, put-in & take-out points, and noteworthy spots along the river! You can get them here on our online store.

Make sure to reach out to us on social media, and let us know how you’re doing by tagging @GeorgiaRiverNetwork and using the hashtag #riverhealthy. You can also reach out to us via email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Be sure to sign up for our newsletters to see featured participants and stay up to date on what Georgia River Network is doing.
 

 

 

 

Healthy Rivers, Healthy You Challenge: Cast the Bait to Feel Great 
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Do you dream of an early morning out on the lake with your rod and reel? Time to make that dream a reality! Did you know that fishing can be an amazing stress reliever? That’s right! Spending the day out on the water with friends, family, or just yourself and nature can lower your stress levels significantly! More specifically, being out in the sunlight can enhance the serotonin levels in your brain, causing you to feel happier.

PLUS, you’re contributing to conservation just by being there! When you purchase a fishing license, pay angling taxes, or buying a nongame wildlife tag, you are helping fund many wildlife and conservation programs that exist in the United States. Ever eaten what you’ve caught? Eating a fresh fish dinner is not only a great source of protein and fatty oils, but is supporting a healthy, sustainable diet!

Georgia River Network Strives for Healthy Ecosystems

Georgia is home to some of the richest diversity of aquatic life, including fish, mussels, frogs, and many other critters. This is why it’s important to keep our rivers, streams, and lakes healthy. No one wants to fish or eat their catch from a polluted, littered, or dirty body of water! At Georgia River Network, we not only want to preserve water quality for humans, but also for all the aquatic species that call these waterways home. In doing this, we continually support and empower a network of 30+ watershed groups, providing them with the tools and resources necessary to carry out river restoration programs that keep our rivers healthy and clean.

Make sure to reach out to us on social media, and let us know how you’re doing by tagging @GeorgiaRiverNetwork and using the hashtag #riverhealthy. You can also reach out to us via email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Be sure to sign up for our newsletters to see featured participants and stay up to date on what Georgia River Network is doing.
 

 

 

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