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About Healthy Aging in Parks

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.

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Healthy Aging in Parks Grants

Learn More about our Healthy Aging in Parks grant opportunities!

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Evidence-Based Interventions

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 interventions in local park and recreation agencies.

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Community Integrated Health Strategies

NRPA, with support from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), works with several local park and recreation agencies in an effort to improve linkages between traditional healthcare organizations and parks and recreation through the development of an electronic health record (EHR) referral pathway. Download the Electronic Health Record Planning Guide to learn how to improve the health of the communities you serve.

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Safe Routes To Parks

Safe Routes to Parks

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.

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Resources: Research, and the Media

Explore the latest Healthy Aging in Parks resources: research, and news.

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News Stories

6.13.19Top Story

Farmers markets flourish with help from parks and rec agencies

6.13.19Around the Country

Seattle asks whether golf courses are the best use of space

6.13.19Around the Country

Wash. city park's aquatics center to undergo expansion