ParkRx Day

#BeforeParkRx and #AfterParkRx
Celebrate ParkRx Day with us on April 25, 2020!

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During National Park Week, you can give yourself the gift of good health by getting outdoors to a park near you on National Park Prescription (ParkRx) Day on Saturday, April 25, 2020.

We invite you to join us on this special day celebrated across the United States to promote the growing movement of prescribing parks and nature to patients to improve human health. This year we're putting a spotlight on how getting outdoors makes you healthier, happier, and more fulfilled.

See the difference ParkRx makes with our #BeforeParkRx and #AfterParkRx photo gallery!

Why celebrate National ParkRx Day?

  • Spread enthusiasm for the ParkRx movement.
  • Celebrate existing ParkRx programs
  • Bring communities together to create new ParkRx programs
  • Connect with parks for your health and theirs

Hosting an event? Please register your event to receive information and tools to help you plan!

Reasons to get outdoors and enjoy a park on ParkRx Day:

  • Being in nature can improve your mood.
  • Having access to parks can increase physical activity and combat obesity.
  • Parks and their health benefits can be enjoyed by anyone regardless of who you are and where you come from.
  • Contact with nature through parks improves all people's physical, mental, and spiritual health.
  • Parks foster social connections, which are vital to community cohesion and contribute to social well-being.
  • For children, parks foster active play, which is associated with physical, cognitive, and social benefits.
  • For adolescents, parks improve mental and social health during what is often a challenging time of life.
  • Park use is linked to physical and mental health benefits among adults, especially older adults.

Park Prescriptions have been identified by the NPS as a Healthy Parks Healthy People promising practice for expansion nationally.

Check out our Healthy Parks Healthy People Resources Page to learn more about how parks promote health.

Last updated: January 31, 2020