National Park Service launches Healthy Parks Healthy People Greater Washington Area Initiative
Thursday, September 20, 2012
Washington DC - The National Park Service (NPS) will kick off the Healthy Parks Healthy People Greater Washington Area initiative with the DC Park Prescriptions and Kids in Parks TRACK Trail programs. A local Washington doctor will write the first DC Park prescription, andthird graders from Neval Thomas Elementary School will be among the first to walk the National Mall and Memorial Parks' TRACK Trail. A Connect Trails to Parks program grant is making TRACK Trails a reality in each of the 13 Greater Washington National Parks.
Healthy Parks Healthy People Greater Washington Area is a NPS initiative to promote and encourage people to enjoy parks and public lands to the fullest for physical and mental health, healing and social well-being. Within the Greater Washington area, the NPS is working with state and local parks, as well as business innovators, healthcare leaders, scientists, foundations and advocacy organizations to foster the health-related role that parks can and do play in our society.
Since 2004, the NPS, National Capital Region (NCR) has been working on health related projects to connect healthcare providers and their patients with parks and public lands to expand and strengthen the fight against obesity and reconnect youth and families with their natural environment. The NCR is now working with multiple health partners to increase Greater Washington area residents' connection to parks to improve their health and well-being.
The Healthy Parks Healthy People Greater Washington Area Press Kit contains various documents describing partner organizations and events related to DC Park Prescriptions and Kids in Parks TRACK Trails programs. Please see the contents of the press kit below.