Pittsburgh Parks Rx Clinical Implementation

The Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy and Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC 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.

A Clinical Advisory Team of physicians and public health professionals are currently working to finalize the systems through which a doctor can prescribe park use to a patient through Pittsburgh Parks Rx. This will be rolled out in several primary care practices in 2018.

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 the Pittsburgh Parks Rx Clinical Advisory Team, please contact rx@pittsburghparks.org. For more information about park prescription programs nationally, visit www.parkrx.org.