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Park upgrade doubles visits

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Park upgrade doubles visits

Installing an innovative playscape in a local park in Melbourne, Australia resulted in more than double the number of park visitors engaging in physical activity at the park.

Published recently in The International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity, the REVAMP (Recording and EValuating Activity in a Modified Park) study provides clear evidence that playground refurbishment can have a big impact on park visitation and park-based physical activity.

0151 tim marcus photographer BrimbankParkVicHealth CEO Jerril Rechter said lifestyles were becoming increasingly sedentary and less than a third of Australians were getting enough physical activity to benefit their health.

“This project shows if we make physical activity an easy and attractive part of people’s daily lives they are more likely to do it. Projects like this improve people’s health and prevent chronic disease,” Ms Rechter said.

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