Health Pillar Resources


This resource toolkit has been crafted to equip you and your organization with information meant to support the implementation of the Health pillar of the Strategic Plan. Included in this pillar is the adoption of a Pledge to Health, comprised of different standards that FRPA has identified based on a pool of resources. These standards promote programming and facilities balanced in nutrition offerings,education, physical activity standards and staff training.Your best resource is eConnect, where you can ask questions and connect with other Park and Recreation professionals who may have the answers to your questions. We have set up a new discussion board reserved for the topic of Health that you can join. For State of Health and Wellness Pledge Messaging download the document here.

We have been working closely with the Florida Department of Health and the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services to identify ways in which park and recreation agencies can team up with the state agencies around the state to implement healthy programming and active living changes in our communities. Both state agencies have embraced our efforts and are supporting The State of Health & Wellness Pledge. 




Media (Videos, Graphics, Podcasts) 


Healthy Community Design Video [Center for Disease Control]

2016 Project Play Summit [The Aspen Institute]

Obesity Research Videos [National Academics of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine]


Health in a Heartbeat  [University of Florida]

Health News Florida  [University of South Florida]

The Lancet Diabetes & Endocrinology [The Lancet Clinic]

Activate Your Body [CDC]

The Berkeley Soda Tax [Just Food, Episode 3]


NRPA's Walking Initiative (includes posters and brochures) listing of infographics


Articles, Studies and Reports

A New Way to Talk About the Social Determinants of Health [Robert Wood Johnson Foundation]
The Health Benefits of Parks  [The Trust for Public Land]
From Small Steps to Big Leaps: Promoting Healthy Food & Beverage Choices in Parks and Recreation Facilities [Public Health Law Center]
Kids on the Move [Afterschool Alliance]
Sample Community Health Report [2012; Polk County]
Active Living [Green Cities: Good Health]
How Cities Use Parks to Improve Public Health [American Planning Association]
Designed to Move: Active Cities [Active Living Research via Benefits Hub; Alberta Recreation and Park Association]
Neighborhood Greenness and Chronic Health Conditions in Medicare Beneficiaries [American Journal of Preventive Medicine]
From Calories to Weight Change in Children and Adults: The State of the Science [Healthy Eating Research]
Health Benefits from Nature Experiences Depend on Dose [Study via Benefits Hub; Alberta Recreation and Park Association]
Health and Wellness Analysis Template  [NRPA]
USDA Food Composition Database [USDA]
Excellent Data on Nutrition and Water Intake [CDC]
Stories from Small Towns [National Physical Activity Society]
2016 US Report Card on Physical Activity for Children and Youth [National Physical Activity Plan]
County Health Rankings and Roadmaps [University of Wisconsin; Robert Wood Johnson Foundation]
Salud America? Report Card by County [Salud America]
The Case for Healthy Places [Project for Public Spaces]
Increasing Physical Activity in Childcare Outdoor Learning Environments [Sage Journals]
Park Prescription [Children & Nature Network]
Food Access Research Atlas [USDA]
CicLAvia - LA's cycling program /closed streets review 

​How Immersion in Nature Benefits Your Health [Yale Environment 360]