The purpose of providing you with some messages and resources to accompany your Impact Calculator outcomes is to ensure you have the tools you need to effectively communicate your results and add even more value to the numbers presented in your final reports. Whether you have input data based on a single park, a region, or your entire park system, fashioning a message around your presentation is important. Presentations include anything that accompanies the report that you generated, whether in person or in writing.Additionally, you will want to equip yourself with information to use in case you need to justify your outputs. If you have not already, check out the tips for making presentations or reports webpage. Resources are linked below. Under each heading you will find more information relative to the park and recreation profession. Please do not hesitate to reach out to the Executive Office for more information. Additionally you can post ideas and questions on the FRPA Calculator eConnect Group.
Health Pillar Resources
The resources listed under the toolkit in the Strategic Plan: Health site offer a lot of peripheral information about the benefits of healthy living and providing spaces for our citizens to engage in healthy living.
How to use these resources:
Utilize the data from research papers, along with your savings in healthcare costs to your community, to frame the message about the importance of adding wellness opportunities or physical activity space to your system.
Links to resources used in the Calculator:
- The Economic Benefits of the Park and Recreation System of Mecklenburg County, North Carolina – The Trust for Public Land (2010)
- The Economic Benefits of Cleveland Metroparks – Trust for Public Land (2018)
- M. Pratt, C. A. Macera, and G. Wang, “Higher Direct 103 Medical Costs Associated with Physical Inactivity,” Physician and Sports Medicine 28, no. 10 (2000): 63–70.
How you can use these resources:
Based on previous work in health care economics (including a National Medical Expenditures Survey that has been widely cited), this calculator assigns a value of $1,230 as the annual medical cost savings of adults under 65 years old, who exercise regularly (according to the CDC guidelines for levels for moderate and/or vigorous physical activity levels). The assigned value of $1,230 was doubled to $2,460 for adults over 65, because seniors typically incur 2-3 times the average healthcare expenditures of working-age people. Familiarize yourself with the background information related to the Calculations within the Healthcare Costs Savings Calculator. Using this information in your reporting will allow your audience to see the validity of the data you are presenting to them.
Additionally, use the data that "speaks" to your audience the most.