Park Rx is a public health initiative that promotes healthy communities as part of the U.S. National Park Service’s “Healthy Parks, Healthy People” program. Beyond Foundation is proud to bring Park Rx to Tucson by partnering with health care providers who prescribing time outdoors in nature for their patients overall well-being.
The physical and mental health benefits of spending time outdoors on a regular basis have been well documented. For a quick check-list detailing physical and mental health benefits click here.
How does Park Rx work? Healthcare professionals work with their patients to develop an appropritate exercise routine using nearby neighborhood parks, where they can meet up with ParkRx Guides on a weekly basis to do fun physical activities that meet their individualized health goals.
New Medical Providers who want to sign up to participate in the program, please contact Diego Martinez Barrera at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (520) 304-4611.
Participating Healthcare Professionals: Park Rx Materials, including upcoming Park Rx opportunities and flyers, can be downloaded here.
Want to join in and do Park Rx your own? We are proud to be partnering with El Rio Community Health Center, Tucson Medical Center, Banner University Medical Center’s Pediatrics Department, and Clinica Amistad at El Pueblo Neighborhood Center. Be sure to ask for a Park Rx from your healthcare professional at you next visit.
You can also meet Park Rx Guides at any of the following weekly locations:
- Wednesday evenings, 5 pm at El Rio Community Health Center, 101 W Irvington Rd.
- Thursday evenings, 5 pm at Mercado San Augustin, 100 S. Avenida del Convento
- Tuesday evenings – Look for our NEW Reid Park location. Details coming soon!
- Day TBD – NEW Tucson Medical Center @ McCormick Park location. Details coming soon!
Want to participate on your own time? Grab a friend and hit the nearest trail on your own. You can always find an abundance of Park Rx trails and program at these links: