BACKGROUND: The purposes of this study were to review surveillance of recreation and park use to determine adaptations for tracking leisure time physical activity and increasing collaboration to achieve public health goals. METHODS: Surveillance in public health and parks and recreation and discussions at the 2006 Cooper Institute conference were reviewed. RESULTS: This review suggested four actions to improve collaborative surveillance of leisure time physical activity and active park use. The proposals are to incorporate more detailed measures of leisure time physical activity and active park visits into park surveillance; include key park, recreation, and leisure items in public health surveillance; assess active park visits and leisure time physical activity more frequently; and establish public health physical activity objectives for parks and recreation and outdoor recreation participation. CONCLUSIONS: These proposals can facilitate collaboration between public health and parks and recreation and exploration of active park use and outdoor recreation in relation to health.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Orthopedics and Sports Medicine