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Institute at the Golden Gate Launches Web Platform to Share Parks & Health Initiatives and Best Practices Nationwide

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Assistant Editor’s Note: While the following article is news regarding U.S. National Parks, it is also relevant worldwide as an example how national parks can be involved with and serve local communities.

SAN FRANCISCO–(BUSINESS WIRE)–As part of its ongoing efforts to strengthen the connections between the outdoors and health, the Institute at the Golden Gate has launched a new online platform designed to facilitate collaboration between the growing number of programs across the U.S. utilizing parks and public lands as catalysts to better health.

The online Parks & Health Guide highlights four key initiatives of the national Healthy Parks Healthy People movement: Park Prescriptions, Healthy & Sustainable Food, Youth & Nature, and Mental Health & Wellbeing. The direct result of collaborations between healthcare providers and park leaders facilitated by the Institute at the Golden Gate, Healthy Parks Healthy People was propelled to the national stage in April 2011, when National Park Service Director Jon Jarvis convened a nationwide gathering in the Golden Gate National Parks to explore how parks can promote healthier lifestyles to improve public health and lower healthcare costs.

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