USING PARKS AND GREEN SPACES FOR PRIMARY PREVENTION

DELIVERING PARKS AS HEALTH ASSETS

 "IT IS POSSIBLE TO KNOW THE COST OF EVERYTHING, BUT THE VALUE OF NOTHING"

THE parks AND GREEN SPACE HEALTH fRAMEWORK

The Parks and Green Space Health Framework allows a holistic approach to the use of Parks and Green Spaces for Health and Wellbeing. It integrates the work of Parks and Leisure, Public Health, Social Prescribing, Wellness at Work, Charities and Local Community Groups, to promote health and wellbeing across the community.

This Framework lies within the context of the ‘Primary Prevention’; the prevention and treatment of avoidable health conditions, through the creation and use of health promoting Parks and Green Spaces. It is in keeping with national and regional policy objectives, both in the UK and across the world. It can be used to engage stakeholders within a unified framework to reduce the prevalence of avoidable ill-health, to improve mental wellbeing and to encourage physical activity.

THE Evaluation OF INTERVENTIONS

An independent evaluation is essential to examine the impact of the initiative in terms of physical and mental health, and return on investment. In partnership with third parties, the (PGSH) framework can be strengthened to include a detailed evaluation. The Evaluation can assess:

  • Changes in park usage amongst various demographic groups

  • Changes in awareness and perception of open spaces and their value for health

  • Changes in levels / amount of physical activity

  • Changes in mental wellbeing

  • Potential return on investment or health cost savings resulting from any improvements in physical or mental health

  • Interventions most associated with change (process measures)

  • Other measures in line with the agreed objectives of interventions

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