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Ranger Stan leads the entire 6th grade class of Harpers Ferry Middle School on the first hike of the school year.

Ranger Stan leads the entire 6th grade class of Harpers Ferry Middle School on the first hike of the school year.
NPS Photo (Autumn Cook)
 
"Our national parks have always been loved for their symbolism and scenery, but we aim to increase the awareness and recognition of their efficacy for health prevention, medicine and therapy."
- NPS Director Jon Jarvis
 
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Healthy Parks Healthy People eGuide
Healthy Parks Healthy People is a global movement that harnesses the power of parks and public lands in contributing to a healthy civil society. The idea originated with Parks Victoria, Australia, and was brought to global prominence at the 1st Healthy Parks Healthy People Congress in April, 2010.

The National Park Service’s Healthy Parks Healthy People US program was established in 2011, to reframe the role of parks and public lands as an emerging, powerful health prevention strategy. With this renewed focus on health, we hope to bring about lasting change in Americans’ lifestyle choices and their relationship with nature and the outdoors.

Although Healthy Parks Healthy People US is based within the National Park Service, the program works with national, state, and local parks, as well as business innovators, healthcare leaders, scientists, foundations and advocacy organizations to foster and build-upon the role that parks play in the health of our society.

* Healthy Parks Healthy People harnesses the power of parks and public lands in promoting the health of people and the environment.

* Healthy Parks Healthy People advances the fact that all parks - urban and wildland are cornerstones of people’s mental, physical, and spiritual health, and social well-being and sustainability of the planet.

* Healthy Parks Healthy People connects people to parks through health promotion, fosters society’s understanding and appreciation for the life-sustaining role of parks, and creates the next generation of park stewards.

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