HPHP TN 101
What is Healthy Parks Healthy Person TN? Why should I use it?
Well… The ultimate goal for the HPHP program is to get more people active OUTDOORS. There has been an ample amount of studies proving how nature in itself has many physical, mental, and emotional health benefits: boosts the immune system, lowers blood pressure, reduces stress, improves mood, increases ability to focus (even those with ADHD), reduces inflammation, increases energy level, improves sleep, and boosts creativity (https://www.dec.ny.gov/lands/90720.html). Even just looking at a picture of nature for 30 seconds has shown to improve your mood and focus. Combining physical activity with nature, the benefits rise even greater, especially those with with chronic diseases: diabetes, obesity, cardiovascular diseases, hypertension, some cancers, arthritis, and sleep disorders (https://www.cdc.gov/pcd/issues/2014/13_0407.htm).
But wait there’s more… this program is FREE. By utilizing the green spaces and parks in Tennessee (national, state, county, city), you are able to get out in nature and not have to pay a gym membership. It’s accessible and affordable. It also allows you to see what our beautiful parks have to offer and in turn make you appreciate the natural areas around you. For every activity you complete, you can “check-in” on the app to earn your points. You can check-in your activity once per hour, but you can only earn 10 points per day. This allows you to see how many activities you accomplish , but since the rewards you can redeem are free, we have the “10 point per day” restriction to keep you motivated every day. This will hopefully encourage you to get out and active in order to eventually make it a habit/lifestyle that you incorporate into your daily routine (and get awesome rewards for rewarding your body). The hope is to make the extrinsic rewards (shirts, water bottles, free meals, cabin stays, and MUCH more) become intrinsic rewards (overall mental, emotional, and physical well being).
You improve your health and fall in love with your favorite parks, in turn becoming new stewards for our parks. It is a WIN, WIN, WIN.