National Park and Recreation Month is a time to promote the benefits of healthy, vibrant communities. It is a time to recognize the importance of parks and recreation in establishing and maintaining quality of life and in contributing to the physical, economic, and environmental well-being of communities.
What is National Park and Recreation Month?
Why celebrate parks?
Why get active outside?
How does National Park and Recreation Month support the Partnering4Health project?
As a member of the Partnering4Health community, you are also part of the national movement to prevent chronic diseases such as heart disease and diabetes – and we want to elevate your voices and share your experiences. The work of Partnering4Health is essential to improving health outcomes for residents in your city, your county, or your region. By connecting your project to the national conversation, your work will inspire others to take action.
The Parterning4Health project strives to prevent chronic disease and to reduce health disparities in four focus areas:
Although not every Partnering4Health coalition is tackling all four focus areas, every Partnering4Health coalition will be able to leverage National Park and Recreation Month.
How do we take action?
Here are a few ways to take action and to make the connection between your work and National Park and Recreation Month:
Encourage families to make small changes, like going to a local park after dinner to have the whole family play outdoors together.
How do we keep the conversation going?
Keeping your community members, coalition partners, and local leaders informed throughout National Park and Recreation Month is important to maintaining momentum around the national health observance – and your project. Please feel free to use or modify any of the social media or newsletter content below.
In addition to the sample tweets below, create your own tweets to show how your organization promotes topics related to National Park and Recreation Month. Tailor tweets to the specific audience you are trying to reach. Consider including local resources and tweeting about events in your area, too.
This year for National Park and Recreation Month, the National Recreation and Park Association is using the hashtag #PlayOnJuly to show community members the importance of play and how much they can discover at their local parks and rec. Read more here.
Sample Tweets for Reaching Community Members
Sample Tweets for Reaching Community Leaders and Partners
In addition to the sample posts below, create posts that highlight how your coalition is working to prevent chronic disease. Tailor posts to the specific audience you are trying to reach. Consider including graphics and/or links to local resources, too. Adding images to your posts will increase the visibility and draw viewers to your account.
Pro tip: Try to post at least one a day on your Facebook page. Keeping your page up-to-date lets your community members know you are listening – and active!
Sample Facebook Posts for Reaching Community Members
Sample Facebook Posts for Reaching Community Leaders and Partners
Sample Newsletter Article
[Cut and paste this text into your newsletter, listserv, or media release. Add relevant details and quotes from your organization.]
[Organization/community name] is celebrating the many health benefits of outdoor parks and recreation activities in honor of National Park and Recreation Month. National Park and Recreation Month highlights the important role local parks and recreation activities play in keeping our community(ies) strong and healthy. During the month of July we encourage people of all ages to get active outdoors!
Children with access to safe parks are more likely to be physically active — and active kids perform better in school. For people of all ages, physical activity can reduce the chances of becoming obese. Plus, spending time outdoors can improve mental health.
To start, check out these activities offered by [organization name] <insert link to national local parks finder, a local parks and recreation department, or community activity listing>. Together we can get our community(ies) to all the great programs that our public parks and recreational facilities offer.
For more information, contact [insert contact information].
National Recreation and Park Association
Parks, Trails, and Health Workbook
How to Plan a National Health Observance
Community Health Online Resource Center
 Safe Routes to Parks, Plan4Health Website. http://www.plan4health.us/tools-and-resources/toolkits/safe-routes-to-parks/
 This Is Your Brain On Nature. National Geographic. January 2016 http://ngm.nationalgeographic.com/2016/01/call-to-wild-text