Park Rx America (formally DC Park Rx) is a non-profit organization whose mission is to decrease the burden of chronic disease, increase health and happiness, and foster environmental stewardship, by virtue of prescribing Nature during the routine delivery of healthcare.
We work closely with managers of publicly-accessible land and water, as well as directly with healthcare providers and their respective organizations, to "make it easy" to prescribe parks and other protected areas to their patients real-time in the clinical practice setting.
Over 100 million Americans currently suffer from a chronic disease (e.g., coronary heart disease, stroke, high blood pressure, Type 2 diabetes, and mental health conditions). More than two thirds of American adults currently suffer from overweight/obesity, which contributes to chronic disease. Chronic disease results in decreased quality of life, and ultimately, premature death.
Spending time in natural environments increases physical activity, hence decreasing the risk of developing chronic disease. Park Rx America is a low-cost intervention that utilizes a known, generally trusted, and accessible resource - parks - to influence positive health outcomes. To date, Park Rx America has mapped and rated hundreds of parks in the national capital region, and developed Park Pages (one-page park summaries) searchable database, which is now available to you to help you find the best park for you.