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Parks Rx Program Purpose & Objectives

The Park Rx Program is increasing active programming and events for those who play, live, and learn in the Gwinnett community. Through healthy habit messaging, Park Rx gives participants the resources to maintain active lifestyles, improve wellness knowledge, experience fitness programs, and connect with others in their community who want to make healthy lifestyle choices. Community partnerships are built through Park Rx with local organizations and individuals who share in the mission to encourage a healthy community.

Through Park Rx, we’re offering health and wellness providers with a new set of tools to inspire patients to improve their health. Park Rx aims to increase positive changes in behavior and attitude towards health improvement through the prescription of nature to increase physical activity and nutrition education.

 
Health and Wellness Standards
 have been adopted that include offering a variety of planned physical activities for people of all ages and abilities, offering patrons healthy food and beverage options, maintaining safe and healthy environments, and designating smoke-free ‘Areas of Play’ to keep all park patrons and staff safe and healthy. 

Gwinnett County Parks and Recreation developed and launched Live Healthy Gwinnett in 2014 to encourage the Gwinnett community to invest in personal wellness by making simple lifestyle choices such as eating more vegetables, increasing physical activity, and reducing stress. The partners of Live Healthy Gwinnett engage residents through active programs and events which focus around four areas of wellness: Be Active, Eat Healthy, Get Checked and Be Positive. Live Healthy Gwinnett is always seeking additional partners who share in its mission. Visit Live Healthy Gwinnett for additional information on becoming a partner.

Walk The Talk

Walk the Talk is a free, informative walk with health and wellness professionals at an enjoyable, easy pace. Walks are held at various park trails and last about an hour. 

Walk the Talk helps build and maintain physical activity, improve health, and decrease chances of developing chronic disease, while combining the expertise of health and wellness professionals discussing diverse health and wellness topics.

According to the American Heart Association, walking has the lowest dropout rate of any physical activity. Walking for as little as 30 minutes a day can have the following health benefits:

  • Reduce the risk of coronary heart disease, osteoporosis, Type 2 diabetes, and breast and colon cancer
  • Improve blood pressure, blood sugar levels, and blood lipid profile
  • Maintain body weight and lower the risk of obesity
  • Enhance mental well-being
 

Walking is low impact and is safe for those with orthopedic ailments, heart conditions, and who are more than 20 percent overweight. In addition, research has shown that you could gain two hours of life for each hour of regular exercise!

Gwinnett County Parks and Recreation is looking for enthusiastic health and wellness professionals to lead Walk the Talks throughout parks and communities in Gwinnett County. Contact Lindsey Jorstad at 770.822.8869 or lindsey.jorstad@gwinnettcounty.com for more information.