Active Recreation and Community Health


PRT 510 – Active Recreation & Community Health

PRT 510 – Active Recreation and Community Health – Dr. Michael Kanters

Course Description:

This course examines active recreation in communities. The basis for the course is the social ecological framework with its thesis that individual, social, community, environmental, and policy factors must all be considered in promoting health. The content of the course will be addressed through readings using applied research, instructor and guest lectures, written assignments, and discussion boards. The goal of the course is to enable students to have a concrete plan for how to promote active recreation in the communities in which they live and/or work.

Core Competencies

  1. Assess one’s own as well as others’ capacities, enablers, and constraints to being physically active.
  2. Apply the social ecological framework to understanding active recreation and health in communities.
  3. Explain the contributions recreation agencies/organizations make to health as part of the community health care system.
  4. Articulate the importance of outdoor spaces for active recreation in communities.
  5. Identify the health disparities that may exist in communities and how these disparities can be addressed
  6. Identify community environments/resources relative to their contributions to promoting active living
  7. Delineate the contributions and resources from community health partners that can help promote active recreation in communities.
  8. Design strategies to promote active recreation in communities using a logic model.

Reflections: soparc

Before we had the first class Dr. Kanters gave us a  time diary assignment PRT 510 4 day Time Diary (2),which required me to track my physical activity for 4 days. Completing this assignment helped me to achieve the first learning objective of assessing my capacities, enablers, and constraints to being physically active. Between work, school, and family I found I was not as physically active as I wanted to be at that time. This assignment was a wake up call and I became more active over the course of the semester. SOPARC (SOPARC_Protocols)   provided me with a platform to measure physical activity in my community. The data gathered through the use of SOPARC allowed me articulate the importance of outdoor space for active recreation, as well as identify community environments/resources relative to their contributions to promoting active living (AmeerSOPARCCCC). The SOPARC assignment required traveling to a local park and spending time on multiple days. The SOPARC assignment allowed me to gauge physical activity of people of a wide range of ages and ethnicity’s. The lectures, readings, and assignments strengthen my commitment to promoting active recreation and health in communities.Cpat

Artifact 1 Caption: Title: Community Park Audit (CPAT) Tool.ForestHills510 Author Ameer K. Edwards , November 18th, 2015. I chose Forest Hills Park because of its large open spaces and central Durham location. The park is interconnected/adjacent to numerous Durham neighborhood, and covers over 45 acres.  Forest Hills park fit the criteria for CPAT. The park allows for both passive and active recreation opportunities, and offers area’s for physical activity for all ages. The CPAT tool produces data which can greatly contribute to active recreation and community health.

Parks and Recreation professional are stewards of access. In order to have active healthy communities there is a need to have clean,safe, accessible green spaces.  The CPAT tool measures park accessibility, play-ability, and safety. As part of the CPAT assignment we were asked to use the Health Rankings & Road maps to for strategies to improve, enhance, and make the park more accessible. The main point of this assignment was to use the information to create initiatives to get more people to use the pForest Hillsark and encourage more physical activity in the area.

Grade 19.00 / 20.00
Graded on Wednesday, December 2, 2015, 11:31 AM
Graded by Picture of Michael KantersMichael Kanters
Feedback comments

Nicely done Ameer.




Artifact 2 Caption: Title: ColumbusCountyLogicModel Author: Ameer K. Edwards, December 2,2015. This artifact was designed to enable me to pull together what I had learned about physical activity opportunities and the individual, social environment,physical environment, and public policy contributions that can be made.

I picked Columbus County NC because it is the poorest and unhealthy NC county according to the Health Rankings & Road maps. Using a logic model I was able to delineate the contributions and resources needed from community health partners. My logic model helped to identify the needed stakeholders to increase physical activity and improve health outcomes in Columbus County. This Logic Model provided valid and reliable data  that addressed the community outcomes (short,medium, and long-term), the resulting outputs, and the needed initiatives and inputs.


Grade 23.00 / 25.00
Graded on Wednesday, December 16, 2015, 2:51 PM
Graded by Picture of Michael KantersMichael Kanters
Feedback comments

View summaryWell done Ameer.  I applaud your enthusiastic proposed initiative, however, I think you might be trying to accomplish too much with one initiative. Have a great holiday break.