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parks more than twice per month
(tinyurl.com/8cms4n2x).
If we look at spending, the contrast
is very apparent. The United
States spends an estimated average
of $10,000 per person on healthcare
annually. In contrast, the average
amount spent per person on parks
and recreation is $190 per year. By
investing in preventative options to
improve health from increased physical
activity, access to healthy food,
access to green spaces, and access
to clean water and air through tree
canopy development, we can reduce
annual healthcare spending. The
goal is to turn our current healthcare
system on its ear and leverage
public health and insurance funding
to support partnerships and to provide
grants to park and recreation
departments with innovative health
promotion programs.
What might those opportunities
look like when we connect the dots?
It could look like community health
clinics in your recreation centers,
or health kiosks measuring blood
pressure and blood sugar next to the
workout equipment. It could look
like offering immunizations, wellbeing
checks and nutrition education.
It might look like partnering
with nursing schools to engage with
your older adults or partnering with
public health campaigns focused on
reducing obesity in kids.
Connecting the dots for health
means owning our role in the
healthcare continuum as folks provide
excellent
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Play, Nature's Way
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community members. We must
partner with public health organizations,
schools,
community
health
promotion
options for our
organizations, mental health organizations,
nonprofits, public safety
organizations, technology firms
and more. It means volunteering to
be at the table when the health of
our communities is being strategically
planned and articulating how
parks and recreation is contributing.
It also means inviting those
other sectors to participate with us.
Park and recreation professionals
are a critical dot in the picture of
health. By engaging with your community
members and partnering with
others, we can advance the overall
health of our communities.
Jo Burns, MS, CTRS, is Chief Connection and Collaboration
Officer for Jo Burns Connects, LLC (jo@joburnsconnects.com).
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