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PLACING PARKS WITHIN PRIMARY PREVENTION

VALUING PARKS AS HEALTH ASSETS  

In January 2019, the UK Government committed £4.5 Billion a year for five years to Primary Prevention. This is reflected across the UK. The Parks and Green Spaces Health Framework places Parks and Green Spaces within a context of Primary Prevention. It provides a structure for the delivery of health promoting Parks and Green Spaces, within an integrated approach which involves the participation and cooperation of Parks, Leisure, Planning and Environment, Public Health, the NHS and Employers. It delivers the following opportunities:

  • It allows the development of an evidence based Parks and Health Strategies strongly recommended by Government, and in keeping with policy objectives and targets.

  • It recognises the value of Parks, alongside other health initiatives, for the prevention of avoidable ill-health.

  • It allows Parks departments to utilize the “Parks for Health” Assessment Model to deliver health promoting Parks and Open Spaces.

  • It integrates the expertise of Parks, Public Health, Clinicians and Community Groups (e.g Friends of Parks Groups) to deliver health promoting Parks through practical improvements and interventions, and Health Promotion within the context of community activities, Social Prescribing and Workplace Wellbeing.

  • It provides a vehicle to deliver public health interventions to address mental ill-health, physical inactivity and obesity, avoidable non-communicative diseases, and environmental risk factors.

  • It allows the use of integrated funding models to develop new and innovative approaches to the prevention and treatment of ill-health through the development and use of Parks and Open Spaces.

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