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Healthcare Providers: Prescribe a Day in the Park!

You already know the health benefits associated with physical activity, but getting your patients motivated can sometimes be challenging. That’s why the SD Department of Health and Department of Game, Fish and Parks are teaming up to encourage healthcare professionals to provide their patients with a prescription for physical activity in any South Dakota State Park.

Healthcare providers can now prescribe a free 1-day pass to any state park. This 1-day pass can also be turned in for a discounted annual pass.

This exciting new project is a great way for the healthcare community to help educate South Dakotans on the overall health benefits of exercise and to promote increased physical activity. And, it’s a fantastic motivator for anyone looking for another reason to get out and be more active!

The South Dakota Park Prescription Project aligns with the vision of the Exercise Is Medicine initiative. The goal is to make physical activity and exercise a standard part of global disease prevention and treatment. Our goal is to increase assessment and prescription of physical activity. Park RX is a great way for you to encourage physical activity for your patients.

Healthcare Providers: Request your Park Prescription Pads Today!

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For a complete listing of South Dakota State Parks and to find the ones closest to you visit South Dakota Game, Fish & Parks.

For more information about exercise assessment and prescription, please visit provides information about the national park prescription program as well as the incredible physical, mental, and social benefits of exercise in nature.

To find out how to measure the level of physical activity that’s right for you, talk to your doctor and visit