Virtual Health Resources
In response to the COVID-19 outbreak, a large majority (82 percent) of adults find virtual health resources valuable, according to a newly released National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) poll.
Local park and recreation agencies are among the nation’s top providers of virtual health resources — offering a variety of remote activities that include:
Physical Activity Classes
Health and Safety Courses (First Aid/CPR)
Health Literacy Classes (Healthy Cooking, Chronic Disease Prevention/Management)
Academic Classes (STEM, Reading, Writing and Digital Learning)
Virtual health resources are most popular among parents and young adults, according to the recent poll. Ninety percent of Gen Z adults find these resources valuable, compared to only 75 percent of baby boomers. Eighty-nine percent of parents find virtual health resources valuable — especially those that relate to physical activity, health and safety, academics, arts and crafts, and leadership and workforce development (e.g., mentoring, career exploration and resume writing).
“People of all ages and abilities have had to find new and innovative ways to address their overall health and wellness during the COVID-19 outbreak. One of the best ways to stay health-conscious at any time is through local parks and recreation where there are countless, affordable options available in-person and online throughout the year.
Park and recreation professionals nationwide are helping address many of the shortfalls people are experiencing as a result of the pandemic. This includes finding unique ways to deliver the lifesaving health and wellness benefits they provide. Many park and recreation facilities have had to temporarily shutter their doors in response to the outbreak, however, most parks and open spaces remain open.
Being outside and active has a positive impact on people’s mental and physical health. The various Park and recreation departments around the country encourages the public to use the parks and services safely and responsibly.
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