open to the public
Dr. Robert Zarr will discuss his work as a national champion for getting people outdoors, including seven years as the spokesperson for the National Park Service on park prescriptions. As a pediatrician, he developed a method of linking data on parks and natural areas to electronic health records so a doctor can issue a prescription in the clinical setting. It is challenging to motivate people to spend time outdoors despite studies showing the benefits. Dr. Zarr will discuss how planners and developers can help make his job easier through sensible planning and good design.
Silver Spring, MD
Healthcare & Therapeutic Design
Health, Safety and Welfare
1. Participants will learn about the health and healing benefits of parks and natural areas.
2. Participants will learn about ways of planning and designing landscapes and physical environments to motivate and encourage people to spend more time outdoors.
3. Participants will learn about the data collected from parks and natural areas, and how it is used by physicians to develop prescriptions for activities in outdoor settings to improve health.
Robert Zarr, MD, Board Certified Pediatrician at Unity Health Care
Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission (M-NCPPC)