The American Public Health Association (APHA) recently recommended that health professionals partner with park agencies in order to use nature for health promotion.
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Surmounting Barriers to Public Health/ Park Agency Partnerships: Insights From a County Public Health Department
Your Call: The healing power of nature
Research shows that spending time in nature enhances our mental and physical well-being, but only about 10 percent of teens and 5 percent of adults spend time outdoors. What’s being done to get more people outside? How often do you spend time in nature and what are the benefits? To answer these questions, this segment of KALW features University of Utah's Dr. David Strayer, and Dr. Nooshin Razani of Oakland Children’s Hospital & Research Center.
Marin City Parks and Trails
Visit Marin City and meet people committed to improving the health and well being of all the community’s residents in part through exercise outdoors in public parks and open spaces. We’ll learn about Marin City’s "Park Prescription” program, associated with our region-wide "Health Parks Healthy People” initiative.
Just What the Doctor Ordered: Using Parks to Improve Children’s Health
For children today, time spent outdoors is becoming more of a luxury—or in some cases, a chore—than a staple. In recent years “nature deficit disorder” among kids has evolved from a turn of phrase to a cultural indictment. Smartphones and other screens are increasingly vying for kids’ attention, but blame lies elsewhere, too.
New Studies Reinforce the Benefits of Getting Outdoors
We’ve long known that getting active outdoors can reduce stress, improve mental health, and help us get fit or lose weight. Recently, several studies completed or underway are looking for definitive evidence of the benefits of spending time in nature. In a study by Stanford University published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, a research team worked with 38 healthy adults.
Physicians in SF are prescribing park time to patients
Dubbed a park prescription, such instructions have become a common theme among health care providers in The City in recent years due to a joint effort between doctors and parks officials to increase a patient’s time spent outdoors rather than encouraging them to reach inside the medicine cabinet.
Park Prescriptions in Practice
When park agencies collaborate with healthcare providers to offer seamless information and programming for community members, this creates a powerful movement. This relationship-building between parks staff, healthcare providers and community members allows agencies to designate staff and resources to achieve this mutual goal.
The Bay Area’s Healthy Parks, Healthy People Movement
One of the benefits of Healthy Parks, Healthy People, along with healthier living, is developing a new appreciation for our local outdoor spaces. This, in turn, could generate a new group of park supporters who advocate for preserving our nation’s natural resources.
Adults, children and families were out in the parks this Saturday, many for the first time. Healthy Parks, Healthy People: Bay Area launched programs offering monthly free or low cost, introductory, and culturally appropriate activities to link those at high health risk to the benefits of spending time outside.
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