View Healthy Parks/Healthy People Webcast

April 5, 2011 by   - () Leave a Comment

The first U.S. conference on Healthy Parks Healthy People US, a new nationwide initiative headed by the National Park Service (NPS) to strengthen the connections between parks, public lands and public health is scheduled for today (April 5) on the Internet.

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Modeled on the international Healthy Parks Healthy People movement that originated in Australia, NPS aims to extend awareness of America’s parks as accessible resources for exercise and healthy living, according to a news release. NPS Director Jon Jarvis will lead discussions on how the public and private sectors can work together to drive health and wellness programs in local, state and national parks across the country.

The event will be held at Fort Baker, Cavallo Point-the Lodge at the Golden Gate, Sausalito, Calif.

The program runs from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. PST.

Opening remarks will be provided by Jarvis starting at 9 a.m.

Show times on Wednesday are 9 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. PST.

Closing Remarks will be webcast live from 11:45 a.m. to12:15 pm PST

More than 100 leaders in health care, the environment, nonprofits, government and business will participate.

America’s health crisis has manifested itself in dramatic increases in heart disease, diabetes, obesity and other illnesses driven by sedentary lifestyles and poor nutrition. However, a large and growing body of research has proven that exposure to nature and outdoor exercise has significant health benefits, including improved wellness and mental health, reduced stress, and lower blood pressure. Healthy Parks Healthy People US complements President Obama’s America’s Great Outdoors multi-agency initiative that promotes greater access to nature as a catalyst to better human and community health.


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