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Improving Health Through Public Parks and Trails

The National Park Service (NPS) and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) collaborated to identify eight measures that can be used to link parks and trails to public health goals. The attached “Improving Public Health through Public Parks and Trails: Eight Common Measures” report and talking points are the result. 

The first three measures may be particularly useful in documenting infrastructure needs for Safe Routes to Parks programs and tracking the U.S. Community Preventive Service Task Force’s Community Guide finding that access to parks and trails combined with improved walk/bike routes can increase physical activity.

Read more: Parks, Trails and Health Workbook

 

 

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