Doctors Rx: Take a Stroll in the Park

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Dr. Robert Zarr, seeking to help kids with obesity and diabetes in Washington D.C., has a different prescription for his patients: take a walk in a park.

He scours his database of green spaces for his patients to amble by, a part of the Park Rx system that makes it easier for doctors to recommend outdoor activity while providing an alternative or supplement to drug treatments. Zarr has already mapped and rated parks for their activities, cleanliness, safety, and accessibility, thanks to the help of the National Park Service, the D.C. Department of Parks and Recreation and other groups.

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