The Parks for Health Assessment

The benefits of the Parks for Health Assessment are demonstrated in the following Animation:

PARKS FOR HEALTH: https://vimeo.com/healthparks

As an evidence based assessment model, the Parks for Health Assessment  identifies elements and characteristics, within the context of Parks, Open Spaces and the Natural Environment, demonstrated by research, to promote health and well-being. Based upon a wide review of that evidence, we have identified  five Primary Criteria (Health Promotion, Accessibility, Mental Well-being, Physical Activity and Environmental Factors), some 15 Secondary Criteria, and over 75 identified elements and characteristics in the natural environment found to have a bearing upon health and wellbeing. Depending upon which report has been requested, the analysis of the Survey results provide the following reports:

  • The Audit: This is a “Baseline” assessment of the Park. Through a series of charts, it identifies the proportion of elements which are “Present and Satisfactory” and those “In need of Improvement” As such in gives an invaluable insight into the Current Health Status of the Park, and potential for improvement.
  • The Evaluation: In addition to the Baseline data from the Audit, the Evaluation provides lists of elements “In need of Improvement” within the Primary and Secondary Criteria.  It also links these to the prevention and treatment of avoidable ill-health; Obesity, Physical Inactivity and Mental Ill-Health, as well as Environmental Rick Factors, and identifies health promotion interventions.
  • The Strategy: Building upon the Evaluation, the Strategy extends the information provided. In addition to charts and tables of areas for improvement, it provides lists of potential New Interventions. These have been identified by the assessor as opportunities for additional elements and features, demonstrated as contributing to health, but nor currently within the Park.
  • From the site survey, it is possible to create a Health and Activity Map which identifies the health benefits located within the Park.

The Parks for Health Strategy can be used to support the following initiatives:

  • Consultation and Workshops with the local community to identify priorities and develop plans for improvements to local parks for health.
  • The development of a programme of improvements and new interventions in the local Park over the short, medium and longer term to address identified health conditions in a local community.
  • The development of health promotion initiatives to encourage the use of Parks for Health through local voluntary groups, charities and Clinical Commissioning Groups,  within a context of Social Prescribing.
  • The evaluation of Return on Investment related to Physical Activity from practical interventions and health promotion.
  • Funding applications to address obesity, non-communicative diseases and mental illness in the community, based upon objective evidence based criteria.

Examples of a Parks for Health Reports and Health and Activity Map can be accessed via  http://healthparks.co.uk/sample-reports/

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The potential benefit to our communities by valuing and using our Parks for health is potentially immeasurable.

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