Run for your life

Australian health professionals are being asked for their input about expanding the UK-established parkrun to their clients.

The free, weekly, 5km timed walk/run has grown significantly since it launched in Australia in 2011, now happening in 346 locations nationwide and evolving into an authentic health and social intervention.

Parkrun Australia Health and Wellbeing Lead, Glen Turner, said the health survey aimed to formalise and maximise what seemed to already be happening in the Australian health space.

“We know anecdotally that parkrun is being socially prescribed/referred across the Australian health sector and both patients and health professionals have shared their success stories,” Mr Turner said.

“What’s really encouraging about these referrals is they showcase a broader range of ways that parkrun has become a health enabler. We know people are being pointed to parkrun for a variety of reasons - walking, volunteering, getting fresh air, and increasing social capital.”

Mr Turner said the aim of the survey was to better understand the broader picture, including which primary healthcare professionals already referred patients to parkrun, how and why.

Health care professionals wanting to complete the survey can do so by clicking here.

If you’re interested in becoming involved in parkrun Australia, click here

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