Welcome to Health Parks, an evidence based landscape and health initiative developed to guide the creation of health promoting Parks, Open Spaces and Natural Environments.
PARKS FOR HEALTH: YOUR PARK CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE TO THE HEALTH OF YOUR COMMUNITY:
Parks are not only places for amenity and leisure, they are Health Assets. Optimising the design, management and use of Parks and natural spaces for health, can contribute to the prevention and treatment of avoidable ill-health, the alleviation of personal suffering, and the reduction of costs to society. Health Parks, as a division of Tisdall Associates Ltd, is able to guide the delivery of health promoting places and spaces.
Why is this important?
- There is an epidemic in Obesity and related avoidable illness across the developed world. These illnesses include Type 2 Diabetes, Coronary Heart Disease, Strokes and some Cancers, as well as Stress, Anxiety and Depression.
- The Health Parks “Parks for Health” Assessment, can help deliver healthier Parks and Urban Spaces.
- New development can be Healthy development. The “Design for Health” Assessment can guide the creation of health promoting Green Infrastructure, Parks and Open Spaces.
The Assessment Model is is relevant to all of us: To
- Individuals with an interest in improving community health and wellbeing.
- National and Local Government: with a responsibility for the health of the population at large and local communities
- Public Health and Clinical medicine: responsible for the prevention and treatment of ill-health, and who can utilise Parks and Open Spaces within health promotion initiatives and Social Prescribing.
- Parks,Leisure and Sport: working with Public Health to use and improve Parks for health
- Developers, Designers and their Institutes: creating health promoting urban environments and Green Infrastructure to provide added value to prospective customers and the wider community
- Employers: using Parks and Open Spaces to encourage a healthy workforce.
- Charities, Faith Groups and Local Community Groups: Those committed to the wellbeing of the local community, often through voluntary work and personal endeavor.
- Suppliers and Manufacturers: delivering products and services to benefit the health of local communities
Together we can make a difference.