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Public park spaces as a platform to promote healthy living: introducing a HealthPark concept

Arena, R, Bond, S, O'Neill, R, Laddu, DR, Hills, AP ORCID: 0000-0002-7787-7201, Lavie, CJ and McNeil, A 2017 , 'Public park spaces as a platform to promote healthy living: introducing a HealthPark concept' , Progress in Cardiovascular Diseases, vol. 60, no. 1 , pp. 152-158 , doi: 10.1016/j.pcad.2017.05.010.

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Abstract

The concept of Healthy Living (HL) as a primary medical intervention continues to gain traction, and rightfully so. Being physically active, consuming a nutritious diet, not smoking and maintaining an appropriate body weight constitute the HL polypill, the foundation of HL medicine (HLM). Daily use of the HL polypill, working toward optimal dosages, portends profound health benefits, substantially reducing the risk of chronic disease [i.e., cardiovascular disease (CVD), pulmonary disease, metabolic syndromes, certain cancers, etc.] and associated adverse health consequences. To be effective and proactive, our healthcare system must rethink where its primary intervention, HLM, is delivered. Waiting for individuals to come to the traditional outpatient setting is an ineffective approach as poor lifestyle habits are typically well established by the time care is initiated. Ideally, HLM should be delivered where individuals live, work and go to school, promoting immersion in a culture of health and wellness. To this end, there is a growing interest in the use of public parks as a platform to promote the adoption of HL behaviors. The current perspectives paper provides a brief literature review on the use of public parks for HL interventions and introduces a new HealthPark model being developed in Chicago.

Item Type: Article
Authors/Creators:Arena, R and Bond, S and O'Neill, R and Laddu, DR and Hills, AP and Lavie, CJ and McNeil, A
Keywords: chronic disease, nutrition, physical activity, prevention
Journal or Publication Title: Progress in Cardiovascular Diseases
Publisher: W B Saunders Co
ISSN: 0033-0620
DOI / ID Number: 10.1016/j.pcad.2017.05.010
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Copyright 2017 Elsevier Inc.

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