A growing body of research shows that regular physical activity through parks and recreation is an essential component of healthy aging. Regular physical activity improves physical function and provides social and mental health benefits that all contribute to improved quality of life for older adults.
The National Recreation and Park Association is proud to partner with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to expand the delivery and dissemination of the Walk with Ease (WWE), Active Living Every Day (ALED) and Fit and Strong! (F&S!) physical activity arthritis interventions in local park and recreation agencies.
Connecting healthcare and parks and recreation departments is a key strategy to improving access to preventive and chronic care services that lead to improved health and wellness of community residents.
Safe Routes to Parks is NRPA's campaign to implement environmental, programmatic, and policy strategies that create safe and equitable access to parks for all people. These strategies assist communities in enhancing environmental supports for physical activity, and ensure that our most vulnerable older adults can safely walk to and engage in physical activity in our parks.
NRPA supports park improvements to ensure that people have inviting places to gather and enjoy the outdoors. These projects also increase opportunities for physical activity and active play, particularly in underserved communities.
Explore the latest Healthy Aging in Parks resources: research, and news.