Community Recreation, Fitness and Parks

STRATEGY 1
Communities should develop new, and enhance existing, community recreation, fitness, and park programs that provide and promote healthy physical activity opportunities for diverse users across the lifespan. (RFP-1)

TACTICS:

Conduct periodic evaluation of existing community physical activity programs to ensure that all community members have the opportunity to engage in evidence-based/informed physical activity promoting programs, and develop new programs as gaps in coverage are identified.  (RFP-1.1)

Provide and prioritize evidence-based and evidence-informed physical activity program interventions in the community recreation, fitness, and park contexts that are targeted toward preventing and managing common chronic disease conditions. (RFP-1.2)

Objectives:

  • By 2025, community park departments and recreation organizations will identify and implement evidence-based and evidence-informed physical activity programs that reach the awareness of 50% of adults and seniors through public and private sectors.
  • By 2025, a majority of parks and greenspaces should have at least one free physical activity program per week.

Work with the public health and medical communities to promote evidence-based or evidence-informed exercise is medicine or park prescription programs, which encourage youth and families to be physically activity indoors and outdoors. (RFP-1.3)

Objectives:

  • By 2025, community recreation, fitness and parks organizations will provide practicing primary care providers with information for patients about available community-based physical activity programs and parks with physical activity facilities from the public and/or private sectors.
  • By 2025, community recreation, fitness and parks organizations will partner with primary care providers to promote routine physical activity.

Develop partnerships with school districts and local businesses to offer physical activity programs before and after school/work, with special attention given to diverse and underserved populations.  (RFP-1.4)

Objectives:

  • By 2025, Community Recreation, Fitness and Parks organizations will partner with school districts and private sector entities to develop shared use programs to make recreational facilities available to the community outside of school hours and school use.
  • By 2025, partnerships between the Community Recreation, Fitness and Parks Sector and the Sports and Education Sectors will increase the percentage of youth participating in physical activity out-of-school.
  • By 2025, partnerships between the Community Recreation, Fitness and Parks Sector and the Sports and Education Sectors will support adults and seniors engaging in organized sports and other physical activity programs, especially in underserved communities.

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