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Partnership to promote national parks as a key resource in staying healthy

The Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization and U.S. National Park Service have partnered to increase awareness about the benefits of contact with nature for health and wellness.

Under a new memorandum of understanding, the two organizations committed to collaborate to promote the health and well-being of people of the Americas through initiatives that support a healthy planet and healthy humanity.

“We are honored to partner with the Pan American Health Organization, to deliver on key actions that will advance parks as go-to-resources for healthy living,” Park Service Director Jonathan B. Jarvis said in a news release. “This partnership is a great example of a collaborative action that will advance one of our key goals of connecting people to parks, as we approach our NPS Centennial in 2016.”

The organizations will collaborate on events including World Health Day, the World Parks Congress, Great Outdoors Month, U.S. National Park Week and the Healthy Parks Healthy People International Congress. They also will share links with each other’s networks to forge new alliances with organizations throughout the Americas, including national and local governments, civil society organizations, academic institutions, the private sector and youth networks.

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