Town ‘N’ Country Parks and Recreation

At a Glance:

Location: Hillsborough County, Florida

Date: 2016

Vital Condition: Basic Needs for Health and Safety, Belonging and Civic Muscle

Determinants of Health: neighborhood safety,nutrition,belonging and civic muscle,parks,physical activity

Affected Population: Black, Indigenous, and People of Color, English Language Learners, People Living in Poverty, People with Chronic and Multiple Chronic Health Conditions

Research Methods: Focus Groups, GIS mapping, Literature review, Survey

Community Types: urban, suburban, rural

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The Florida Department of Health in Hillsborough County, in conjunction with the Hillsborough County Department of Parks, Recreation, and Conservation and Partners in Obesity Prevention, conducted a health impact assessment (HIA) of policy and programming changes that would allow businesses to provide free outdoor fitness classes in five parks and recreation centers in the Town ’N’ Country neighborhood of Tampa, Florida. The HIA explored potential health impacts associated with increased physical activity and mental health and well-being.

This Health Impact Assessment Report first appeared in The Cross-Sector Toolkit for Health. The Cross-Sector Toolkit for Health was originally developed by the Health Impact Project, formerly a collaboration of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and The Pew Charitable Trusts. The creation of this resource was supported by a grant from the Health Impact Project. The views expressed are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of The Pew Charitable Trusts, or the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

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