The National ParkRx Initiative is always adding toolkits to this page. If you have a toolkit that you've used before and would like to share it to a larger audience, please contact us and it will be added.
Why use related toolkits?
Toolkits contain resources for planning, implementation, and evaluation. As the official National ParkRx Initiative toolkit is being created, take a look at these related toolkits, which provide expertise in specific parts of building a ParkRx program.
Ranking Trails and Green Space
Often times, the information about trails and green space that public land agencies have is not enough to make healthcare providers comfortable with prescribing the trails and green space to their patients. Just as healthcare providers are able to understand the specific side effects of prescription drugs, healthcare providers should understand the complete dosage information for parks. This means that providers need to understand the incline, length, and pavement of trails, as well as the amenities, hours, and condition of the green space itself. These tools listed below will help you create an inventory of the trails and green space to inform the dose of a park prescription in your area.
To utilize these tools, you can consider using staff or intern time to build this information.
Parks, Trails, and Health Workbook developed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the National Park Service - Rivers, Trails & Conservation Assistance Program
Community Strategies to Improve Public Health
Park Prescription programs are part of a growing body of community-based approaches to improving public health. Healthcare providers know that individual health starts outside of the clinic walls and are looking at community partners, such as public land agencies, for help. Building a culture of health can happen anywhere and Park Prescription programs are starting to build it out in parks and public lands. These toolkits provide excellent frameworks and language to use when situating Park Prescription programs within the larger framework of public health. Park Prescription programs by themselves will not solve public health issues, but Park Prescription programs activate parks and public land agencies to be ready and willing partners in this community-based strategy.
- Recommended Community Strategies and Measurements to Prevent Obesity in the United States developed by the Centers for Disease Control and the Department of Health and Human Services
- Rural Childhood Obesity Prevention Toolkit developed by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation - Leadership for Healthy Communities