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CHARTS Community Spotlight Pasco Partners Work to Improve Use of Parks

Pasco Parks
When partners in the Florida Department of Health in Pasco County’s health improvement coalition reviewed their Community Health Assessment data, they found that chronic disease and obesity rates were rising. Because they wanted to understand the environmental issues that contribute to these pernicious trends, they turned to the Protocol for Assessing Community Excellence in Environmental Health (PACE-EH), a methodology which guides communities in identifying and addressing environmental health priorities.

According to Mike Napier, administrator of the DOH in Pasco County, “We know that when residents use parks and recreational facilities, their physical and mental health improves while chronic diseases and obesity decline. We wanted to understand how residents perceived our parks so that we know how to encourage their use.
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