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The healthiest place in town

Pop quiz: Where do people go to get fit? We’ll give you a hint: this place is fun, free, and you probably have a couple favorites right in your own neighborhood. 

We’re talking about public parks. If you live near a great park, you already know the vital role it plays in the health of your whole neighborhood. According to a recent study in Preventive Medicine, parks are America’s preferred destination for breaking a sweat; for people who live nearby, they're the place where 50 percent of vigorous exercise occurs. 

The animated short above will give you eight reasons to love—and visit—your local park. Created by The Trust for Public Land and supported by a grant from the Active Living Research program of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, it spotlights eight surprising ways that parks improve your health. 

If the video leaves you wanting more, you can download "Eight ways that parks improve your health,” a booklet featuring the latest research demonstrating the connection between parks and health. Download booklet.

Request our free booklet: 8 Ways That Parks Improve Your HealthActive Living Research Photo credit: ALR

Please help us spread the word by watching and sharing the film. If you’re a local park or neighborhood organization, download the booklet to distribute to your community.

See you at the park! 



Parks are great!
Parks are the life blood of every city with out them our cells will die! Thank you TPL for bringing this message!
Thanks TPL Parks help create community and are the life line to cities and counties across our country!
What a great simple message. Would love to put the video on our website and local cable station. Can it be shared?
Eliza Sarasohn
Thanks for your interest in sharing this message, Denise! Yes, we hope that everyone shares the animated short—and the free booklet—as widely as possible. Share on your social media networks; email to friends and colleagues; and please pass the booklet out at community events. Including it on the local cable station would be great! I will follow up with a direct email with more information.
Great video. I think a few of the statements might be a bit too casual though (even though I think the research linking parks and health is pretty conclusive). Also, I believe the correct journal title, for those seeking the original research, is Preventive Medicine. Thanks to TPL and others for putting this together!
Are copies of the video available to show at a City Council and other public meetings?
Ernie Bay
Great video. I only wish that it had referred to "parks and trails" I realize that trails are linear parks, but unfortunately this reference is often overlooked.
Ernie Bay
Great video. I only wish that it had referred to "parks and trails" I realize that trails are linear parks, but unfortunately this reference is often overlooked.
Can we translate the brochure to Spanish, keeping all your credits, and perhaps adding/exchanging images and data related to Latino areas in the US and Latin American cities while keeping the same message and ideas? And what about the animation. Let us know to the address we left sending this message.
Can hard copies of the brochures be purchased? I have a bound copy that I picked up at a conference and we would like to make them available.
Kim, thanks for asking about the printed copies of the brochure. Unfortunately, we no longer have any available. But we did create an online brochure version which you can access and share here:

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