Healthy Parks, Healthy People
Enjoy the abundant recreation offered by the Cape Cod National Seashore
Healthy Parks, Healthy People is a program to promote health and wellness for year-round and seasonal residents, as well as visitors to the Cape, and is a partnership of Cape Cod National Seashore and Cape Cod Healthcare.
The Healthy Parks, Healthy People global movement was adopted by the National Park Service, to form a program that fosters the role of parks and public lands as a health prevention strategy, encouraging healthy lifestyle choices and connecting to nature and the outdoors, and environmental sustainability.
The Cape Cod National Seashore is unique within the U.S. park system because of its intimate and intricate connection with our community. Its 44,000 acres wind through and around Provincetown, Truro, Wellfleet, Eastham, Chatham and Orleans. Every year, more than four million people – visitors, residents and seasonal residents- enjoy the abundant nature and recreation offered by the Cape Cod National Seashore.
This summer program culminates in the Healthy Parks, Healthy People 5K/5-mile plus Race, a fun family event that takes runners and walkers though a course that leads through the National Seashore. This year's race will be Saturday, September 19, 2020, starting at Nauset High School.
Benefitting the health of our community
As with everywhere across the United States, on Cape Cod we are also facing an increase of major health problems associated with weight, heart disease, diabetes, childhood obesity and hypertension. Regular exercise has been shown to reduce obesity, manage diabetes, lower blood pressure and lower risks for heart disease and other chronic disease.
Our Cape Cod Healthcare team and the National Seashore’s staff stress the benefits of outdoor exercise and appreciation of nature as means to improved health. Healthcare providers may even prescribe, as medically appropriate, walking at the National Seashore as part of the Healthy Parks, Healthy People program via a written “park prescription”.
There are a variety of ways to enjoy the National Seashore, including:
- Surfing and SUP
View a full trail guide for hiking and biking.
Learn more about Ranger-guided activities.
Additionally, the Cape Cod National Seashore is the setting for the HPHP 5k/5-Mile Plus: The Run/Walk for Heart Health in mid-September, and its corresponding Couch-to-5k Training Program.
- SALT POND VISITOR CENTER, Route 6, Eastham, MA 02642 (508) 255-3421, open year round.
- PROVINCE LANDS VISITOR CENTER, Race Point Road, Provincetown, MA 02657 (508) 487-1256, open May through October.