Chattanooga, TN (PRWEB) October 22, 2013
With the renewed interest in outdoor fitness, PlayCore’s newest best practice guidebook release is a timely tool for providing communities with guidance to create meaningful outdoor fitness spaces.
Created with an expert advisory council, including Dr. Michael Suk, M.D., J.D., MPH, FACS, and Chairman of Orthopaedic Surgery at the Geisinger Health System, Danville, PA; Dr. Gary Liguori, Ph.D., Department Head of Health and Human Performance, University of Tennessee at Chattanooga; and Dr. Thom McKenzie, Ph. D., Emeritus Professor of Exercise and Nutritional Sciences, San Diego State University, the guidebook helps outline the need for and unique benefits of outdoor fitness. In addition, it offers design best practices on creating outdoor fitness parks that align with total body fitness, proposes strategies for implementation and sustainability, suggests meaningful ways to maximize the investment in an Outdoor Fitness Park through partnerships and programming, then presents methods for tracking and reporting outcomes for continuous improvement.
The book also features case studies of Outdoor Fitness Parks that have embraced best practices to create meaningful spaces where communities gather to increase physical activity and promote health improvement. PlayCore’s National Demonstration Site program, established to recognize and promote community Outdoor Fitness Parks, is another meaningful element of the program that provides recognition to outstanding Outdoor Fitness Parks, and promotes them as model environments.
PlayCore’s Corporate VP of Marketing Anne-Marie Spencer adds, “With the release of our latest best practice program, Outdoor Fitness Parks, Best Practices for promoting Community Health by Increasing Activity, we want to recognize Outdoor Fitness Parks that follow best practices in design, execution, and marketing, and then showcase them in a National Registry and in symposiums offered through our Center For Professional Development, so other communities can learn from their success.”
To learn more about becoming a National Demonstration Site for Fitness, or to obtain a copy of the Best Practice Guidebook, go to http://www.playcore.com/fitness. To learn about Continuing education opportunities through PlayCore’s Center for Professional Development, go to http://www.playcore.com/cpd.
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