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Eppley Publishes Article on Public Health and Parks Profession Similarities

Eppley Institute for Parks and Public Lands staff have been asked to write a series of articles over 2014-2015 to be published in IPRA’s “The Profile” magazine. The articles, a year-long, four-part series, reviews the linkage between parks and recreation, and health in Indiana. Written by several staff at the Eppley Institute, the series provides context, trends, and some projected ways in which the continuing health crisis in Indiana can be addressed by parks and recreation agencies. The articles focus on creating a common understanding of: 1) the historic linkage of parks and recreation to public health, 2) the important role park and recreation agencies have in bringing community-based change to local health conditions and disparities, and 3) professional approaches park and recreation agencies must bring to their communities in order to critically contribute to the public’s health.

The first article, printed in the Fall/Winter 2014 edition is attached. The second article is anticipated to be published sometime in February/March 2015. Comments, reviews, and suggestions are welcome; email Steve at sawolter@indiana.edu

Download the article, here.