WASHINGTON — American Recreation Coalition (ARC) President Derrick Crandall will participate in next week’s Healthy Parks Healthy People 2011 session April 5 to 6 at Golden Gate National Recreation Area.
Convened by National Park Service Director Jon Jarvis, the session will bring together 100 or so other innovators, experts, and visionaries from the national parks, and the recreation and health communities. The aim is to forge new partnerships and strengthen the nexus between public lands and public health.
For several years, ARC has been a leading proponent of promoting the connections between better health and time spent in the great outdoors and has supported investing health care dollars in outdoor recreation sites including parks, said Crandall. And that effort is being recognized at the highest levels in Washington and beyond.
According to the letter from Director Jarvis, “There is a growing body of evidence that open spaces and natural places play a very real role in health.”
The event is being co-hosted with the Institute at the Golden Gate, which issued Park Prescriptions, profiling key programs linking health and the great outdoors, just last year.
“ARC is very pleased with the strides the NPS has taken — and this is another step forward in raising the profile on health and the great outdoors,” Crandall said.
Jarvis said he plans to address many of the ideas and issues the ARC has been advocating for some time, including:
- How national, state and local parks can combine forces with business innovators, healthcare leaders, scientists, and advocacy organizations to promote wellness and reduce health care costs;
- How we can influence a cultural shift to value parks for health;
- What community leaders and managers can learn from experts and visionaries in order to make this a sustainable idea that affects behavior at its core; and
- How human health is dependent on the health of all species and the planet we share, and in what ways parks and open spaces can strengthen these connections.
The opening session April 5 at 9 a.m. and the closing session April 6 at 11:45 a.m. both feature 30-minute remarks by Director Jon Jarvis. People can join a live webcast at www.ustream.tv/channel/hphpUS.
The American Recreation Coalition provides a unified voice for recreation interests to ensure their full and active participation in government policy-making on issues such as public land management, energy, and liability. They are also involved in stimulation of partnerships between federal agencies and companies to provide quality recreation opportunities; leadership in developing sources of supplemental income and other resources for public land and water management agencies; coordinating Recreation Exchanges, Partners Outdoors conferences, Great Outdoors Month in June, and National Get Outdoors Day June 11.
SOURCE: American Recreation Coalition press release
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