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Active Voice: April 24 Marks the First National Park Rx Day

from By Thomas P. Martin, Ph.D., FACSM

Viewpoints presented in SMB commentaries reflect opinions of the authors and do not necessarily reflect positions or policies of ACSM.

Thomas P. Martin, Ph.D., FACSM, is professor emeritus in the Health, Fitness, and Sport Department at Wittenberg University in Springfield, Ohio. He is an ACSM Registered Clinical Exercise Physiologist and Exercise is Medicine® credential holder (Level 3). He is a member of the National Park Foundation and has been promoting healthy “physical activity” on our protected land/water for several years. His avocation is “Outdoor Pursuits.” He has been physically active in all 59 of the U.S. National Parks and continues to pursue a goal of experiencing all National Park Areas (>400). In addition, he has completed 49.8 of the U.S. State Highpoints and created the “Martin Classification of Difficulty for U.S. State Highpoints.” The Martin scale is based, in large part, on the total energy expenditure to reach each highpoint – click here to access the Martin scale.

Sunday, April 24, 2016 will be the first-ever National Park Rx Day, and it’s an opportunity for members to spread the Exercise is Medicine® message. This day will be celebrated across the United States to promote the growing movement of prescribing parks and nature to patients as a means for improving human health. VADM Vivek H. Murthy, US Surgeon General, will present a keynote address at this event when it is celebrated in Washington, DC. more

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