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Portland Rx Play Pilot Study
Pilot Study
In the fall of 2008, Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD) staff began working in the Portland metropolitan area to establish a childhood obesity prevention and treatment program that combines clinician-based physical activity counseling and prescription and referral to community-based physical activity programs offered by local park and recreation departments.
The first step was to establish and test the program through a pilot study. OPRD’s role in the Portland Rx Play Pilot Study was to identify key partners, provide project management, and fund the project’s research component. Partners in this project included Portland Parks and Recreation, Kaiser Permanente, Legacy Health System, Clarendon-Portsmouth School Health Center, Multnomah County Health Department, and the Oregon Health and Science University. The project included one park and recreation community center and four children’s medical clinics and was recently featured in an article in the Portland Oregonian newspaper.  Click here to read the article.
Click here for a copy of the Rx Play Pilot Study Report. 
Click here for a Powerpoint presentation describing the project.
For additional information about Rx Play Program, contact:
Terry Bergerson
Phone:  503-986-0747
email: terry.bergerson@state.or.us