Healthy Parks Healthy People

Karen Jones  |  11/7/2017 10:02:01 PM

Physical activity is recommended for everyone. National parks can offer exercise and time experiencing nature.

Healthy Parks Healthy People is a global movement that harnesses the power of parks. In 2011 the National Park Service established this framework to highlight the role of parks for health prevention. The Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve, located in the urban parish of Jefferson, adjacent to New Orleans, offers trails, a visitors center and more. The preserve's 23,000 acres include bayous, swamps, marshes, forests, alligators, nutrias, and over 200 species of birds.

Four key messages that will get you on to the road of success:

1. EAT LOW FAT

2. ADD HIGH FIBER FOODS TO YOUR MEALS

3. DRINK LOTS OF WATER

4. EXERCISE OR MOVE MORE

Take some time to discover a National Park in your area and use it as an avenue for physical activity. You may discover a whole new world. Take the advice of health professions and start moving more. Healthy Parks Healthy people advances the fact that all parks are cornerstones of people's mental, physical, and spiritual health, and social well-being and sustainablity of the planet.


References:

https://www.nps.gov/jela/index.htm

https://www.nps.gov/public_health/hp/hphp.htm


This video gives the 4 Key Messages and is filmed at the Jean Lafitte National Preserve/ The Barataria Preserve outside Marrero, which offers a taste of Louisiana's wild wetlands.

Rate This Article:

Have a question or comment about the information on this page?

Innovate . Educate . Improve Lives

The LSU AgCenter and the LSU College of Agriculture

Top