USING PARKS AND GREEN SPACES WITHIN 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 (see below) allows a holistic approach to the use of Parks and Green Spaces for Health and Wellbeing. It integrates the work of Parks and Leisure, with Public Health, Social Prescribing, Wellness at Work, Charities and Local Community Groups, to promote health and wellbeing across the community.

This Framework sits within the context of Public Health, and is a vehicle to deliver Health Promoting Parks through ‘Primary Prevention’; the prevention and treatment of avoidable health conditions. It is in keeping with national and regional policy objectives, both in the UK and across the world, to reduce the costs and suffering associated with avoidable ill-health. It can be used to engage stakeholders to reduce the prevalence of avoidable ill-health, to improve mental wellbeing, to encourage physical activity, to reduce the impact of environmental risk factors and to enhance biodiversity.

Parks for Health Strategy(s): Based upon the Parks and Green Space Health Framework, and utilizing the Parks for Health Toolkit, data emanating from the Surveys can be used to develop health strategies for individual or multiple parks. The Strategies include practical improvements, new interventions and health promotion within each of the health criteria. They assess the implications of the Local Health Profile on those improvements and interventions. They review Planning Policies and potential funding (S106 & Community Infrastructure Levy in England and Wales), and explore Health Policies and opportunities for Social Prescribing and Workplace Wellbeing. The Health Strategies allow a holistic interdepartmental approach to deliver Parks and Green Spaces within the context of Public Health, and Primary Prevention, strengthening potential funding applications for the delivery of health promoting initiatives across communities.

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