Nature prescription programming is a partnership between healthcare providers and parks and/or environmental education providers that focuses on connecting communities to the well documented health benefits of being in nature. Doctors prescribe outdoor experiences to patients, which is often just the motivation needed to get people outside. In collaboration with Dr. Pedro Moreno, and the Alisal Health Center, Ventana Wildlife Society is excited to bring prescription programming to Monterey County.
Dr Moreno offers wellness classes for his patience and their families.
Meet our inspiration - Doctor Moreno . . .
Dr. Moreno found himself struggling with the knowledge that he could only do so much for his patients, and that systemic issues such as lack of access to healthy foods, activities and outdoor experiences needed to be addressed to increase overall wellness. He applied to and was selected for participation in the University of California San Francisco Champion Provider Fellowship, through which he is developing innovative programs to address the obesity and diabetes epidemic in East Salinas. He runs a Wellness Program for Obese Children and Farmworker Families. He has secured access to vouchers for his patients to use for fresh fruits and produce at the local farmers market, partners with a local gym to have fitness instructors volunteer to lead fitness classes at the clinic and is now working with VWS to develop nature prescription programs. We are truly inspired by Dr. Moreno, and honored to partner with him to increase access to healthy outdoor experiences for his patients.
If you are a healthcare provider interested in helping with the development of nature prescription programs in Monterey County - we’d love to connect with you! Please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Learn more about the nature prescription and parks prescription movement.
We are truly inspired by Dr. Moreno, and honored to partner with him to increase access to healthy outdoor experiences for his patients.