Park Rx is a community health platform whose mission is to enable healthcare providers to prescribe patient visits to parks. The goal of the platform is to prevent and treat chronic disease, promote wellness, and create the next generation of environmental advocates.
Health Benefits of Park Rx
Spending time in nature is linked with decreased anxiety
Green spaces are restorative and boost attention
Viewing and spending time in green spaces lowers cortisol levels and blood pressure
Access to parks reduces the risks of being overweight and obese
Living in a neighborhood with more opportunities for physical activity is associated with lower risks of Type 2 Diabetes
The Department of Parks and Recreation is dedicated to utilizing this new avenue to connect patients/customers with our parks and services in order to improve their quality of life. We strive to encourage overall behavior change, improve health outcomes, and create new advocates for public lands.
Benefits of M-NCPPC Participation
Engages residents in utilizing our parks and trails
Elevates our profile as a health and wellness provider
Convenient integration using our Enterprise Asset Management database
The Department of Parks and Recreation is currently recruiting and engaging healthcare providers to become park prescribers. If you know of a healthcare provider that would be a great fit for Park Rx, email Katrina Williams.