The role of Park and Recreation Departments in Community health and wellness is vital. The Strategic Plan hopes to address this by connecting Park and Recreation Departments throughout the state of Florida to local community health outlets. Partnerships with the Department of Health, Department of Agriculture, local healthcare systems and more will be key in the future of community health.
In December 2015, FRPA sent out a survey to Florida agencies throughout the state. This survey served as a tool to gather the information necessary to establish where we, as a state of Park and Recreation departments, stood on the platform of wellness in communities. The survey can be found here: Agency Position Survey on Health Initiatives (file is a download). The results of this survey can be found here: Health Survey Results. From there, the Florida Recreation and Park Association designed a pledge for members to commit to. FRPA adopted the State of Health and Wellness Pledge with commitments from over 85 agencies around the state. These 85 agencies serve over 13 million people. The FRPA State of Health and Wellness Pledge focused on the built environment, physical activity and nutrition.
Read more about the Pledge here.
Currently the Health Pillar Workgroup is developing a standards toolkit that agencies of all sizes and varying resources can utilize. This toolkit will contain a list of standards, ideas, resources, contacts and more to give agencies different ways to encourage health within their community.
A great first step to a healthier lifestyle is to get outdoors. The FRPA It Starts in Parks message is a clear objective. Check out the It Starts in Parks tab at the top of the page to learn more about this campaign.