Matter of Fact

The most goals scored by a soccer player in a single match is 16 (Stephan Stanis of France.) Registration for fall soccer is already under way! Call the Renaud Spirit Center at 636-474-2732 to sign-up your child today.


If Brach's laid out the candy corn kernels it sells each year end-to-end, they would wrap around the Earth 4.25 times. Stay active and resist the urge!


There are active geocaches in 184 countries, one on the International Space Station, one 2,300 meters below sea level and even some in O’Fallon parks. August 16 is International Geocaching Day. Start navigating!


Three in 10 adults do not spend time outdoors on a daily basis. In July OUT is IN. We challenge you to spend time outdoors each day. Get creative by moving an indoor activity outdoors.


The latest research shows that even five minutes of “green exercise” (physical activity in the presence of nature) will benefit mental health and increase physical well-being.  “Blue and green activity” (nature and water)  shows even more benefits.


Spring fever is not just a myth – the body may experience physiological changes due to changes in diet, hormone production and temperature.


Veteran's Day was originally celebrated as Armistice Day to commemorate the armistice signed between the allies of WWI and Germany at the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month.  After WWII, it became Veteran's Day, a day to honor all American Veterans. 


There are currently 217 million active Americans ages six and older who take part in at least one sport or activity. To learn more about activities offered in O’Fallon, visit our website www.renaudspiritcenter.com.


The term "muggle" was first introduced by J.K. Rowling in the Harry Potter series to refer to a non-magician. Geocachers use the term "geomuggle" to identify those who do not participate in their sport.  Don't be a geomuggler.  Find out more about geocaching in City of O'Fallon parks.


The Dog Days of Summer refers to the weeks between July 3 and August 11. They are named after the Dog Star (Sirius) in the constellation of Canis Major. Ancient Romans and Greeks blamed Sirius for the extreme temperatures, drought, sickness, and discomfort that came in late summer.


The City of O’Fallon owns and operates its own greenhouse and produces 20,000 flowers each year at a value to the city of nearly $6,000. O’Fallon’s landscape displays use 14 tractor trailer loads of mulch each year. Volunteers plant most of the flowers displayed in our city and spread half of the mulch each year keeping O’Fallon groomed and proper. Enjoy our beautiful displays!


Researchers have found that even five minutes of exercise in a green space can improve mood, boost self esteem, and have a positive effect on mental health.


Less than 10% of kids today report playing outside regularly while 40% of their parents played outside frequently in their youth. 


A 2012 study of older adults found that those who exercised outside exercised longer and more often than those working out indoors. Researchers found that participants who exercised outside, usually by walking, were significantly more physically active than those who exercised indoors, completing, on average, about 30 minutes more exercise each week than those who walked or otherwise exercised indoors.


Our modern lives are more convenient, but they have deprived us of an essential source of stress relief—connection with nature. Studies show that interacting with nature can help lessen the effects of stress on the nervous system, reduce attention deficits, decrease aggression, and enhance spiritual well-being.