National ParkRx Day is a day celebrated across the United States to promote the growing movement of prescribing parks and nature to patients to improve human health. Additionally, National ParkRx Day encourages everyone to start seeing visits to parks and public lands as very important parts of their health. In 2015, the U.S. Surgeon General released a call to action to promote walking and walkable communities. National ParkRx Day builds on this call to action and provides citizens with parks and green spaces to promote public health.
THE FOUR MAIN GOALS THE DAY ARE:
- To amplify the visibility and viability of the nation-wide ParkRx movement in parks and communities across the nation.
- To celebrate existing Park Prescription programs and practitioners across the country.
- To serve as a catalyst to bring together local health providers, park agencies, community leaders, and nonprofits to begin dialogue and momentum to develop their own Park Prescription programs for improvement of their communities.
- To increase the relevance of parks for all people; how people can connect with parks daily for their improved physical, mental, and spiritual health and create a new generation of park stewards.
See more at: http://parkrx.org/national-parkrx-day