Just a short post for today. Robert Zarr, a D.C.-area doctor who has been working with the National Park Service on the Park Prescription (Park Rx) program, was featured on a segment on NPR this week. The segment also deals with the topic of how to encourage children to get more exercise – including walking to school or playing in the local park. Check it out here:
To Make Children Healther, a Doctor Prescribes a Trip to the Park: NPR, July 14, 2014
There’s been a lot written about how hiking is good for you, both physically and mentally.
And now, it seems that doctors can actually write a prescription for a long walk or bike ride for their patients; check out this story that the National Park Service posted on its website earlier this week about the new DC-area Park Prescription (Park Rx) program:
Doctor Tells Patients to Take a Hike: July 8, 2014
The Park Rx program, part of the NPS’s Healthy Parks, Healthy People US initiative, works with local doctors and health care providers to recommend outdoor recreational activities for their patients. The program is currently in place in a number of NPS parks around the country.
Read more about the program here.