Leading the nation to improved health and wellness through parks and recreation.
Local park and recreation agencies provide crucial health and wellness opportunities for all populations in communities across the country. As America continues to face serious health issues including rising rates of chronic disease, an increased prevalence of sedentary lifestyles and poor nutrition habits, parks and recreation offer an affordable and accessible solution.
NRPA works with local park and recreation agencies to provide tools, resources and technical assistance to improve access to healthy foods and increase opportunities for people to be physically active in their communities. Our areas of focus include ensuring that all people have safe access to quality park and recreation facilities and programming; promoting healthy eating and physical activity standards; expanding access to evidence-based health prevention programs; connecting parks and the health community, and supporting programs and policies that eliminate health disparities.
Health and Wellness Initiatives
NRPA in partnership with The Trust for Public Land and the Urban Land Institute are leading a nationwide movement to ensure there’s a great park within a 10-Minute Walk of every person, in every neighborhood, in every city across America.
NRPA's Commit to Health campaign supports the implementation of Healthy Eating Physical Activity (HEPA) standards at local park and recreation sites.
Healthy Aging in Parks is NRPA’s campaign to improve and maintain the health and wellbeing of older adults by increasing opportunities for physical activity through parks and recreation.
NRPA aims to ensure its members are prepared to play a key role in preventing the spread of Zika. As leaders in public health and public information, park and recreation departments will have an important role in educating the public as well as taking measures to control mosquito breeding grounds. As new information becomes available, NRPA will share it here as well as through its various communication channels.
Click here to learn more about NRPA's other initiatives aimed at improving the health and wellness of communities through parks and recreation.
Health and Wellness Resources
Health and Wellness Poster
Local park and recreation agencies provide health and wellness opportunities for all populations in communities across the country. As America continues to face serious health issues parks and recreation offer an affordable and accessible solution. Share with your communities the impact you are having on their health!
Download a copy of our Health and Wellness poster to display at your agency or share with the public.
Health and Wellness poster: PDF format | JPG format
Making the Case: Parks and Health Toolkit
Making the Case: Parks and Health is an easy-to-use resource to help park and recreation leaders make the objective case to elected officials that parks are a critical part of the community’s public health infrastructure. The resource includes data-rich fact sheets, presentations, infographics and other resources that will help you get support for your agency. Learn more about these resources.
NRPA Position Statements
Research and Data
Click here to access additional health mapping and data resources.