Thursday, December 29, 2011
Parks & Public Health
Research finds parks increase physical activity across age groups, thereby helping lower healthcare costs. In a five-city survey, 38% of people over 50 used a park at least 1/week. Other studies showed similar effects on teenage boys and girls. With observable effects with only an increase of $10/person in parks, parks alone can put a dent in the $8,000/year health care costs per person.