National ParkRx Day 2020

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April 25th is National ParkRx Day. This annual event promotes the growing movement of doctors prescribing outdoor activity in parks and nature to their patients to improve health. Additionally, National ParkRx Day encourages everyone to recognize that physical activity, even walking throughout our own city’s parks and trails, is an important part of being healthy.

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to impact our communities, the Healthy People Healthy Trails initiative is committed to helping you stay connected to nature through the use and enjoyment of trails, parks, and open spaces. With health as a top priority, we can’t help but think how the outdoors helps us get through times of uncertainty. Spending time in nature can help relieve stress and anxiety, improve your mood, and boost feelings of happiness and wellbeing. With that in mind, we are exploring ways to help you make it through this difficult time…stay tuned.

Healthy People Healthy Trails is a local version of ParkRx here in Santa Barbara County. A dynamic group of community partners—including Sansum Clinic, Santa Barbara County Trails Council, CenCal Health, Cottage Health, City of Santa Barbara Parks and Recreation, Healthy Lompoc Coalition, Santa Barbara County Health, and others—have come together to collaborate on an innovative Healthy People Healthy Trails program designed to strengthen the connection between the use of local public parks and trails and individual good health. For us, every day is ParkRx Day.

Celebrate National #ParkRx Day on April 25th or any day you choose by taking a walk in a local park or open space while practicing social distancing. Doctor’s orders!

Visit http://healthypeoplehealthytrails/easy-hikes/ for a Trail Guide of easy walks and trails in South Santa Barbara County.

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