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Imagine getting a written prescription from your doctor to take a walk, bicycle, or kayak in a national park. That’s exactly what a “park prescription” is.

Rx padYour health care providers prescribe contact with nature for various health conditions and encourage you to take advantage of Cape Cod National Seashore and other wonderful natural venues across the Cape.

Cape Cod Healthcare has furnished local physicians with “park prescription” pads along with letters detailing the program – with the expectation they will recommend to their patients, as medically appropriate, walking at the National Seashore under the auspices of the Healthy Parks, Healthy People curriculum and medical supervision.

Enjoying the outdoors is just what your health care provider ordered. Whether taking a vigorous hike or a gentle stroll in the park, getting back to nature can improve your physical health, as well as emotional and mental wellbeing.

Here are some of the best health reasons to move your exercise outdoors:

  • Fresh air exercise:
  • Reduces stress
  • Improves brain function and instills a sense of well-being
  • Improves your vitamin D on sunny days

Regular exercise:

  • Reduces obesity
  • Helps lower blood pressure
  • Helps manage diabetes
  • Lowers risks for heart disease and other chronic diseases