Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Parks, Trails, and Health Workbook Now Available

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the National Park Service (NPS) have created a new tool: Parks, Trails, and Health Workbook: A Tool for Planners, Parks and Recreational Professionals, and Health Practitioners.

The Workbook is a quick guide for incorporating public health considerations in the development and improvement of a park or trail. It can help start collaborative discussions about the health benefits of parks and trails and prepare for a health impact assessment (HIA). 

You can find the workbook at: go.nps.gov/parkstrailshealth_workbook.

The tool includes information to help users find health data and learn about completed HIAs that included parks, trails, or greenways. It also includes case studies that pilot its use in Whatcom County, Washington, and a Mescalero Apache tribal area in New Mexico.

The workbook was jointly developed by the CDC Healthy Community Design Initiative (www.cdc.gov/healthyplaces) and the National Park Service Rivers, Trails, and Conservation Assistance Program (www.nps.gov/rtca).

Please spread the word about this new tool. Well-designed parks and trails can promote physical activity, reduce stress, and provide environmental benefits.

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