University Health Shreveport (UHS) and the City of Shreveport-Public Assembly and Recreation (SPAR) have established a strategic collaboration aimed at strengthening clinical-community linkages and improving the quality of life for Shreveport residents suffering from arthritis and other chronic conditions. Thanks to a twenty thousand dollar ($20,000) grant from the National Recreation and Park Association, UHS and SPAR will develop and test an innovative strategy to promote healthy living and encourage participation in proven intervention programs offered through parks and recreation.
University Health Shreveport is excited to have the opportunity to refer their patients to such a much needed program. The community partnership compliments our medical care as we are always interested in programs that help our patients being healthier. More than ever before health systems are establishing results-driven partnerships with community-based organizations in efforts to enhance care coordination services in communities, improve patient access to preventive and chronic care services and the overall reach of community-based programs that help patients lead healthy lifestyles.
In the state of Louisiana, 28 percent of adults have arthritis and more than 36 percent of adults with arthritis are physically inactive. In addition, 54 percent are limited in everyday activities and 45 percent have work limitations.
“The City of Shreveport is excited to collaborate with University Health Shreveport and the National Recreation and Park Association in improving the overall quality of life for our citizens,” said City of Shreveport Mayor Ollie Tyler.”
Through this project, University Health Shreveport patients with an arthritis diagnosis will be referred to arthritis physical activity programs at four (4) SPAR Community Center locations:
As a leader in health and wellness in the City of Shreveport, SPAR offers the CDC recommended Walk With Ease, Active Living Every Day and Fit & Strong programs for adults with arthritis to safely and comfortably engage in physical activity. Programs begin June 25 – December 21, 2018. To learn more and enroll in these programs, call 318-213-0430 or visit www.myspar.org.
To learn more about University Health Shreveport, visit www.uhsystem.com
To learn more about NRPA, visit www.nrpa.org.