Meetings & Events Archive

2017 South Mountain Outdoor Health Provider Roundtable


Download materials from the August 22, 2017 Outdoor Health Roundtable here:

Why is Outdoor Recreation Good for You? presentation,

“Ready, Set, Fit” Health and Wellness App presentation,

Notes from South Mountain Outdoor Health Summit,

Get Health in the Outdoors infographic,

What Does Volunteering Do for ME? infographic,

Forest Bathing/Biophilia Effect article,

Lyme Disease & Tick Disease Prevention infographic,

Outdoor Recreation and Health Web Resources list.

Doctors in Philadelphia are prescribing time in parks to children. A world-class athlete in Wyoming takes those addicted to opioids outdoors. Doctors at Geisinger Health created a pilot project to prescribe outdoor activity rather than pain medications before and after surgery. Why? Because, as you may probably know, outdoor activity has so many benefits to physical and mental health!

A recent Penn State University study found that more than 70% of Pennsylvania residents consider parks, trails, and open space to be a critical part of the health care system.
The Pennsylvania Parks and Forests Foundation, with support from the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, and in partnership with the Department of Health, the South Mountain Partnership, and the Partnership for Better Health, coordinated the:
South Mountain Health Summit – The Benefits of Being Active Outdoors
August 22, 2017 from 7:00am -9:00 am 
at Cumberland Valley Visitors Bureau
at Carlisle, PA
During this event, input was gathered from health care providers to better inform our efforts to connect outdoor physical activity and health and to make it easier for health care providers to promote outdoor physical activity to patients. 
The free 2-hour forum brought together health care providers and outdoor recreation professionals to discuss the connection between outdoor physical activity and health. Their participation in this summit will help us to craft resources for the health care industry to make it easier for them to promote outdoor physical activity to patients.

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