Active Living

The time has come for parks and recreation professionals to make the connection between health promotion and recreation programs and events. With over 800 million visits to parks and recreational facilities each year, Americans revere these facilities as the heart and soul of their communities. Parks and recreation workers should capitalize on this mindset and use their bully pulpit to market recreation activities for what they are: fun, relaxing opportunities to socialize—and a great way to promote health and wellness!

Dr. Bert Griffith is the director of the Wellness Teaching Center serving the U.S. military community in Okinawa, Japan. He is also the Far East representative of the Armed Forces Recreation Society.

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