Park Rx Utah: Health Elevated
Park Rx Utah is a multi-sector initiative whose mission is to prescribe parks and other recreational settings to prevent chronic conditions, improve physical, social, and mental health, and promote wellness by collaborating with partners and connecting all Utahns to parks and other recreational sites. It is connected to the Park Rx America national program platform. Park Rx Utah Coalition members work as Park Administrators to continuously update the database for Utah parks with information about park amenities, park features, trail surfaces, trail activities, trail difficulty, programming available at the park, natural water features, and they provide pictures of the parks.
Park Rx America is the national program which has incorporated nearly 10,000 parks into its prescribing platform in 46 states and Mexico, with nearly 500 registered “prescribers” nationwide.
It doesn’t take much time for the positive benefits to kick in — we’re talking 10 minutes outside in a space with nature.– Gen Meredith, OTR MPH