Health & Wellness

Health & Wellness

Health and Wellness in East Baton Rouge

At BREC, it is our mission to contribute to a healthier, more vibrant community through not only our parks but our programs and educational efforts.

Health & Wellness with BREC

It’s No Secret That Parks & Recreation And Health & Wellness Go Hand In Hand...

Park and recreation systems are leaders in improving the overall health and wellness of the nation. They are essential partners in combating some of the most complicated challenges our country faces–poor nutrition, hunger, obesity and physical inactivity. Park and recreation agencies effectively improve health outcomes and play a fundamental role in enhancing not only the physical health, but also the social, behavioral, environmental and mental health of our communities.8 According to the CDC, in 2010, East Baton Rouge parish had 182,785 people living within a half a mile of a park.5


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BREC Health & Wellness in Your Office

Love the information you see here? Want to share it with your clients and/or patients? Get a copy of the BREC Health & Wellness brochure in your office or waiting room today. Contact Communications Assistant Director Chad Brewer at to order copies.



1. Children and Nature - National Environmental Education Foundation
2. Changing it Up for Better Health - Parks and Recreation Magazine
3. How Cities Use Parks to Improve Public Health - American Planning Association
4. From Fitness Zones to the Medical Mile: How Urban Park Systems Can Best Promote Health and Wellness - The Trust for Public Land
5. Parks and Trails Health Impact Assessment Toolkit - Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
6. How Cities Use Parks for Community Engagement - American Planning Association
7. Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans -
8. National Recreation and Park Association