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
The Florida Recreation and Park Association has designed a pledge for our members to commit to that is a giant step towards placing park and recreation departments in the public health conversation. “One should not have to look far to see that there are solutions to this epidemic. Parks and Recreation are one of those solutions,” FRPA Past President and Director of Miami-Dade Parks, Jack Kardys stated. “Second only to the public school system, we care for more children for longer periods of time than any other organization. We are a logical partner in the fight to make Florida a healthier State if not the healthiest State in the country.” FRPA has adopted the State of Health and Wellness Pledge with commitments from over 70 agencies around the state. These 70 agencies serve over 13 million people. The FRPA State of Health and Wellness Pledge focuses on the built environment, physical activity and nutrition.
Read more about it here.
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.