Doctors Health Press Weighs in on First National Study of Neighborhood Parks

Doctors Health PressBoston, MA, May 20, 2016 – Doctors Health Press (, a division of Lombardi Publishing Corporation and the publisher of various natural health newsletters, books, and reports, including the popular Doctors Health Press e-Bulletin, is weighing in on the first national study of neighborhood parks.

Though the majority of U.S. cities have parks to encourage leisure physical activity, there has never been a national study to assess what role parks actually play in promoting physical activity. This study sought to determine the current value of parks across the country. (Source: Cohen, D.A., et al, “The First National Study of Neighborhood Parks,” The American Journal of Preventative Medicine, May 18, 2016;

“Parks can actually have very significant value in terms of health if utilized correctly,” says Adrian Newman, publisher of Doctors Health Press. “They are free, readily available, and, if designed correctly, can serve many different purposes when it comes to physical activity.”

Twenty-five major cities with a population over 100,000 and 174 parks were included in the study, which took place from 2014 to 2015. Researchers observed each park’s use over a typical week during the spring and summer months, as well as “park conditions” and “park-based physical activity.” Researchers also interviewed park administrators to determine certain policies. One of the more surprising results was that seniors only represented four percent of those who used the park, although they make up approximately 20% of the population.

Researchers concluded that options such as, “offering more programming” and, “installing walking loops” would go a long way to helping increase physical activity among a wider scope of the country’s population. More results from the study showed that low-income neighborhood inhabitants were less likely to frequent parks.

“There’s definitely an opportunity there,” Newman concludes. “It’s important to find ways to encourage seniors to be more active and there’s a ready platform right here. It will certainly take some adjustments to better cater the parks to seniors, but it’s a great option.”

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