This partnership with Children's Hospital makes parks the prescription.
Children with physical disabilities engage in 30% less physical activity than national fitness guidelines. The implications of not moving are serious and can negatively affect a child’s physical, mental, and emotional well-being. To address this problem, be.well 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 to be on the Cincinnati Children's Hospital list of be.well program partners by sponsoring the program in Cincinnati Parks. With collaboration between parks, healthcare providers, and community partners, we are improving 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 helps 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 hundreds of children with disabilities and their families to get outdoors and exercise together for FREE. Six 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.
Program Length: April 1- April 30
Geocaching throughout Smale Riverfront Park with popsicle rewards
Finale: treasure find, Grow Up Great playground, May 1
Program Length: May 3-July
Our award-winning adaptive running program returns to Smale Riverfront Park with Fleet Feet Cincinnati.
Finale: Riverfront Park 5K, July 3 (10-3)
Program Length: June 7-July 18
Adaptive martial Arts will be taking place throughout June at the Labyrinth.
Finale: Smale Labyrinth, July 18
Program Length: June 28-September 6
Adaptive biking will take place along waterfront parks with a final race in September in conjunction with the Sunflower Revolution bike race.
Finale: Finish: 5 mile race, Sept 11 (Sunflower Rev versus end-to-end markered course in Riverfront Park)
Program Length: September 6-October 31
Adaptive hiking passport program and hikes with Luke5Adventures, ends with a final Halloween Hike at Caldwell Nature Center.
Finale: Halloween Hike, Caldwell Nature Reserve, 10/31
Program Length: January 3 – February 13, 2022
Adaptive yoga classes tentatively taught from Carol Ann’s Carousel.
Finale: Valentine’s Day at the carousel, February 13