Jo is Raising the Bar by:
- showing that small steps are actually big steps when it comes to improving the health of your community.
- simple conversations can have a ripple effect once we know who to talk to.
- tackling complex health issues with local leaders
Examples of healthy initiatives for parks and recreation:
- Making Healthier Food Options Available
- Safe Routes to Parks
- Vending for Food Choices
- Access to Parks
- Prescriptions for Health
- Access to Healthcare
- Limiting Sugary Drinks in Concession Stands & Vending Machines
- Physical therapy and/or Immunization clinics within fitness facilities
- Home exercise program / transition back to health
- Nutrition, Health, and Cooking Classes
- After school collaborations
Welcome back to the podcast, this is episode #8. Today, we are talking to Jo Burns, the co-founder of the Colorado Public Health/Parks & Recreation Collaborative. We talk all about the ways local parks and recreation agencies can partner with health organizations to improve the health of local communities.
Most everyone would agree that HEALTH is a vital part of your quality of life. When you get sick, if you have a chronic illness, when you are injured, you know that being healthy is something that we should be constantly grateful for.
As parks and recreation professionals, we also know that health means something a little different. Naturally, parks and rec facilities provide the safe places for people to improve their health for exercise, but we also now have the opportunity to partner with health organizations to create long lasting change. These partnerships can help expand health benefits to underserved populations, which can be powerful. In this episode, Jo talks about what local agencies can do to take steps towards building health into your core services.
Some Resources that Jo mentions:
Also, not mentioned but I should: GP RED is a nonprofit that is dedicated to research and education for professionals related to parks, recreation, health, and so much more. Check the website out for more info.