ParkRX: Connecting Health Goals to Park Participation
ParkRX: Connecting Health Goals to Park Participation
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Parks are an important health resource for communities! Increasingly, health providers are adopting ‘park prescription’ or ParkRx programs to emphasize the impact nature, physical activity, and park participation can have on one’s health. However, there are not many examples of park prescription programs encouraging individuals who experience mental health conditions to engage in their local parks. In fact, given the high rates of sedentary behavior and isolation experienced by this population, parks may be even more important for individuals with mental health conditions. This document is a ParkRx tool that can be used by either park professionals or mental health professionals to support individuals with mental health conditions to identify health goals, explore park interests, and connect these to community opportunities.