Children with physical disabilities engage in 30% less physical activity than national fitness guidelines. They also spend double the amount of time in sedentary behavior relative to typically developing peers. The implications of not moving are serious and can negatively affect a child’s physical, mental, and emotional well-being. To address this problem the Cincinnati Children’s Hospital, Division of Occupational Therapy & Physical Therapy (OTPT) designed the Be.Well program. This program provides year-round seasonal programming to get terminally ill children, children with disabilities, and their families active outdoors.
CREATING PARTNERSHIPS TO ACTIVATE PARKS
We are proud to announce that in 2020 we are joining the Be.Well list of partners by sponsoring the program in Cincinnati Parks. With collaboration between parks, healthcare providers and community partners, we will improve the lives of children and families who need it most. Part of Cincinnati Parks Foundation’s mission is to activate park spaces through engaged programming. This partnership will help meet the health goals of the Cincinnati community through the healing power of parks.
PARKS ARE THE PRESCRIPTION: ParksRx
Park Prescription programs (ParksRx) involve health or social service providers encouraging people to spend time in nature to improve their health and well-being. Be.Well has produced compelling, positive clinical outcomes that have been presented in national professional meetings, published in peer-reviewed academic journals, and has captured the attention of every news outlet in the tri-state area.
YEAR-ROUND PROGRAMMING IN CINCINNATI PARKS
Each year, this partnership will allow for 100 children and their families to get outdoors and exercise together for FREE. Four sessions of the program will be offered in Cincinnati Parks. Each program begins with a pre-assessment by Cincinnati Children’s Hospital staff and concludes with a post-assessment. Programs include:
- Spring: Running (Postponed until further notice. For updates visit our COVID-19 Event Preparedness page.)
- Summer: Biking
- Fall: Martial Arts
- Winter: Yoga
More details to be announced soon.