Pittsburgh Parks Rx In the Clinic

The Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy and UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh and other area partners have teamed up to develop the Pittsburgh Parks Prescription (Parks Rx), a program designed to support the health and well-being of children through regular park use and contact with nature. 

In 2017, a clinical advisory team of physicians and public health professionals worked to finalize the systems through which a doctor can prescribe park use to a patient through Pittsburgh Parks Rx.  This was piloted in several primary care practices in 2018. Learn more here

Special thanks to our current clinical partners:

Allegheny County Health Department WIC Program •  Children’s Community Pediatrics-GILGeneral Academic Pediatrics-Children’s Primary Care CenterPediatric Alliance Allegheny (AHN Pediatrics)Pediatric Alliance Bloomfield (AHN Pediatrics)UPMC St. Margaret Bloomfield-Garfield Family Health Center 

For more information about how you can get involved with Pittsburgh Parks Rx, please contact rx@pittsburghparks.org 

Why Parks Rx?

Regular physical activity, regardless of age, is one of the most important lifestyle behaviors for maintaining a healthy weight and promoting quality of life. In addition, numerous studies show that being physically active in the outdoors and in connection with natural spaces provides added physical and mental health benefits. However, children only spend about one percent of their free time outdoors. Park prescription programs have been introduced as a preventative health practice in many states and cities around the country to help address this concern. Pittsburgh Parks Rx aims to provide a local framework for healthcare professionals to encourage kids to get outside, be active, and connect with nature. 

For more information about park prescription programs nationally, visit parkrx.org