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About Healthy Aging in Parks

Healthy Aging is about preserving the health, independence and social connections of older adults. For decades, local park and recreation agencies have been offering programs and services to address the diverse health and wellness needs of the growing older adult population.

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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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Rural Learning Collaborative

Local park and recreation agencies all face challenges when offering a variety of programs and services in their communities, but this is especially true for rural agencies, where there is often limited access to quality healthcare, wellness services, and transportation, among others. Learn about the Rural Learning Collaborative (RLC).

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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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2019 healthy aging photo contest

Success Story Contest: How Do You Promote Healthy Aging in Parks?

The How Do you Promote Healthy Aging in Parks? contest features stories about local park and recreation agency’s programs for older adult and the impact they have on the participants and staff.

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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

9.24.20Top Story

State parks face revenue and budget pressures

9.24.20Around the Country

Lee Richardson Zoo in Kan. completes 4 additions

9.24.20Conservation

Pandemic spurs support for preservation at Houston parks