The Parks, Trails, and Health Workbook: A Tool for Planners, Parks and Recreational Professionals, and Health Practitioners is a quick guide for incorporating public health considerations in the development and improvement of a park or trail. This tool can help start collaborative discussions about the health benefits of parks and trails and prepare for a health impact assessment (HIA).
This article discusses how exposure to nature makes people happy and could cut mental-health inequalities between the rich and poor.
The Statewide Health Improvement Program (SHIP) is working to create good health throughout Minnesota by decreasing obesity rates and reducing the number of people who use commercial tobacco or are exposed to secondhand smoke. Minnesota is embracing SHIP as a community-wide approach to improving health, but there’s more work to do. SHIP provides park and trail professional with many useful resources.
This report summarizes the key categories in which parks and recreation contribute to building of healthy, vibrant communities. This white paper outlines in six main areas the latest research into the benefits provided by parks: physical health, mental health, social functioning, youth development, environment, and economic impact.
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