Public Lands, Public Health Exhibition Trail

On Tuesday, October 16, at 10 a.m., Farjana Islam, a 2018 Emerging Leader and the Health and Nature Navigator Program Coordinator for the USDA Forest Service, will lead a walk of an exhibition trail that demonstrates best-practice attributes of Park Rx trails.

Land managers from various agencies and health care professionals who are currently prescribing or are interested in prescribing time outside in nature are invited to attend.

The walk will proceed from the municipal May Park to the top of Nelson Knoll on Bridger Teton National Forest land. Along the way, it will:

  • Showcase attributes of successful public lands/public health trail models
  • Identify opportunities to expand public lands/public health trail collaborations into replicable models for communities nationwide
  • Provide the federal land managers who will be meeting at SHIFT ideas and opportunities for integrating optimal trail attributes into their work
    • This includes the USFS Region 4 Planning meeting, which will take place during SHIFT, as well as a Public Land Manager’s Meeting that will be held on Thursday, Oct. 18, at 2 p.m.

Preliminary Agenda

N.B.: Each representative will have five minutes to present an overview of their initiative; how and why it is impactful, innovative and replicable; and the single biggest challenge to their ongoing success. This format mirrors the template utilized by the SHIFT Award posterboards, as well as the SHIFT for the Planet presentation format, so visiting presenters will be prepared in advance to deliver accordingly.

10 a.m.: Meet at May Park

Farjana Islam, Health and Nature Navigator for USFS, introduces exhibition trail concept, agenda

10:10 a.m.: Prescribing time outside in municipal parks

  • Dr. Richard Zarr, Founder, Park Rx America (2018 SHIFT Awards Official Selection)
  • Mona Koh, Community Director, East Bay Regional Parks District (2018 SHIFT Awards Official Selection)
  • Dr. Nooshin Razani, Founder, SHINE Program at UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital Oakland Hospital (2018 SHIFT Awards Official Selection)
  • Dr. Morgan Green, Pediatric Resident, UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital Oakland Hospital (2018 Emerging Leader)
  • Theresa Mitchell, PhD, Director, Parks Rx: Your Prescription to Better Health (2018 SHIFT Awards Official Selection)

10:40: May Park future attributes

  • Nola Peacock, Physical Therapist & Wellness Specialist, St. John’s Medical Center

10:45 a.m.: Apps as an Incentive for Park Use

  • Ryan Jenkins, Founder, Healthy Parks Healthy Person Tennessee (2018 SHIFT Awards Official Selection)

11:00 a.m.: Walk with a Doc (proceed to Nelson Knoll)

  • Dr. David Sabgir, Founder, Walk with a Doc (2018 SHIFT Awards Official Selection)

11:15 a.m.: Getting Kids onto Trails with TRACK Trails

  • Jason Urroz, Director, Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation (2018 SHIFT Awards Official Selection)

11:30 a.m.: Nelson Knoll discussion: Connecting Hospitals and Public Lands: How Barton Health is working with Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit

  • Dr. Stephen Bannar, Medical Liaison, Barton Health/Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit (2018 SHIFT Awards Official Selection)
  • Linda Merigliano, Bridger Teton National Forest

12 p.m.: Adjourn

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