Did you know that reducing the risk of chronic disease while increasing health and happiness can be as easy as spending time in your favorite park? Click these buttons to learn about the ways you can get your exercise and reduce the risk of disease in your county parks- all for FREE! Click the “Other NHC Resources” button to learn about other county facilities and services that can help with your journey to better health such as the Health Department, Public Library and Senior Resource Center. Enter your address in the interactive map below to find a park near you.
Congratulations on making the decision to improve your physical and mental health with outdoor activity! Enter your name and email address below to register as a Park Rx participant. By registering, you will receive our monthly Parks & Gardens newsletter, as well as, health information, tips and activities. NHC Parks & Gardens will not have access to any medical information from healthcare providers or other community partners by your participation in the program.
Studies have shown that spending time in natural environments increases physical activity, and physical activity reduces the risk for obesity and many chronic diseases such as coronary heart disease, diabetes, high blood pressure, stroke and certain cancers. Spending time in nature also decreases anxiety and negative thinking and lowers levels of depression and stress.
Public parks have long been an underutilized healthcare resource. Parks facilities are open to people of all abilities, ages, socio-economic backgrounds and ethnicities and best of all- they’re absolutely free. With the rising cost of healthcare as a barrier for many, public parks can be the perfect solution to building a healthier community.
Parks & Gardens is partnering with area healthcare providers, public health agencies and other groups to help build a healthier New Hanover County by encouraging citizens to get outside and exercise!
If you are interested in partnering with New Hanover County Parks & Gardens to promote physical activity and improve the health of your patients through the Park Prescriptions program, contact Jodi Rich at email@example.com or (910) 798-7629.
Click on the map marker icon in the top right corner of the map to enter your address and find a park near you!