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The Role of Parks in Healthography: The Unique Contribution of Our Nation’s Greatest Resource to Health and Wellbeing
Wednesday, November 19, 2014: 8:30 AM - 10:00 AM
National and large regional park associations, including the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) and the Miami Dade County Parks, Recreation and Open Spaces Department (MDPROS) have an interest in demonstrating how, when properly designed, systems of parks, public spaces, natural and cultural areas, streets and greenways – the built environment or public realm– combined with evidenced based programs can have a profound effect on the health and well-being of adults and children. These are low cost, high value solutions to the obesity epidemic our nation currently faces. Yet, the current pattern of development—sprawl-- threatens populations’ health by reducing opportunities for physical activity, thus contributing to increasing rates of obesity and related chronic disease in the US. In this session, a multifaceted case study (to include specific examples of a built environment study, structured afterschool health and wellness program, how mass media can be a park partner to carry health and wellness messages to the community, and specific policies to move the agenda forward) of the MDPROS will be presented. This case study will illustrate the potential for Park and Recreation departments throughout the nation, through a comprehensive and coordinated policy planning framework, can develop holistic solutions to public health challenges.
Session Objectives: (1) Describe the current state of a County Park/research-based Public Health/ Media collaboration to develop policies to work through the park systems to improve county-wide public health.
(2) Discuss the initiatives based on this work and the opportunities and potential for increased collaboration, actionable research, and effective implementation.
(3) Engage audience in two participatory exercises (one physical and one planning) to demonstrate hands-on approaches described in this session to improve community health and well-being.
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Organized by: Community Health Planning and Policy Development
Endorsed by: Public Health Nursing, APHA-Committee on Women's Rights
Medical (CME), Health Education (CHES), Nursing (CNE), Public Health (CPH)
Masters Certified Health Education Specialist (MCHES)