The Parks & Recreation Prescription
Track: Healthy Lifestyles

Thursday, May 5, 2016 | 1:15 to 2:30pm

Marielle Harrington, Healthy Communities Coordinator, Lynnwood Parks, Recreation & Cultural Arts Department
Keri Moore, Healthy Communities & Prevention, Snohomish Health District

Session Description:

Today's prescription for health starts in parks (and trails, gardens, pools, fitness programs, sports and more). Being a community health provider has become one of the most important mandates for parks and recreation. Adopting a Healthy Communities model will help you focus your efforts on preventing chronic disease and obesity by improving access to physical activity and healthy foods. Using community mobilization and public health principles and learning the Healthy Communities model will help you engage with people from diverse backgrounds, cultures and socioeconomic circumstances to help establish policy, program and environmental change to make your community a healthier community to live, work and play.

Learning Objectives:

  • Participants will  identify program and facilities policies that can improve community health.
  • Participants will learn about potential changes that could be made to existing programs to improve community health deliverables.
  • Participants will learn about infrastructure and environmental improvement opportunities that can make a lasting impact on the health of the community.