DOCTORS ORDERS: TAKE A WALK IN THE PARK

National ParkRx Day is April 29

 

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Healthy Parks Healthy Person Tennessee, an initiative of Tennessee State Parks with support from the Tennessee Department of Health, works with health care providers to promote the outdoors as a means of improving the health of Tennesseans. All are invited to celebrate National ParkRx Day on Sunday, April 29.

 

“Our Tennessee State Parks are some of the best in the country,” said TDH Commissioner John Dreyzehner, MD, MPH. “Turning off electronic devices and going outdoors can greatly improve one’s mental and physical well-being.”

 

The Parks Prescription program, a component of Healthy Parks Healthy Person Tennessee, is a way for nurses, physicians and other health care professionals to assess physical activity of their patients, counsel patients on the importance of physical activity and prescribe outdoor activity as part of their health or treatment plans. The park prescriptions come as a tear-off pad, just like regular prescriptions, and patients can use the web-based phone application to log outdoor experiences to earn rewards at Tennessee State Parks.

 

National ParkRx Day is celebrated across the United States to promote the growing movement of prescribing time spent in parks and nature to improve health. 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.

 

Tennesseans are encouraged to:

  • Go to a local park, greenway or Tennessee State Park
  • Work in the yard
  • Take their children to a neighborhood playground
  • Go boating or fishing

 

For more information about Healthy Parks Healthy Person Tennessee, go to www.healthyparkstn.com.

 

The mission of the Tennessee Department of Health is to protect, promote and improve the health and prosperity of people in Tennessee. TDH has facilities in all 95 counties and provides direct services for more than one in five Tennesseans annually as well as indirect services for everyone in the state, including emergency response to health threats, licensure of health professionals, regulation of health care facilities and inspection of food service establishments. Learn more about TDH services and programs at www.tn.gov/health.