Mission:

The Health Promotions Unit is committed to providing lifelong recreational, cultural and educational opportunities to promote healthy lifestyles and environments which create a sustainable and livable community. 

The Health Promotions Unit supports active, healthy living by offering free programs to the Austin community.

Current Programs:

Per the Covid-19 Mayoral declaration, the majority of PARD facilities are closed to the public effective, Monday March 16, 2020.  Please check the closure page for updates.

Adult Fitness Programs

Virtual Strength & Stretch

Virtual Yoga & Chair Yoga

Food Programs

CTFB Afterschool Meals Service

Common Threads Nutrition Education

Meditative Moments in Austin Parks

Bull Creek District Park

Beverly S. Sheffield Northwest District Park

Poquito Creek

St. Edwards Dam

Emma Long Metropolitan Park

Walter E.Long Metropolitan Park

Bartholomew District Park

Roy G Guerrero Colorado River Metro Park

Great Hills Neighborhood Park

In 2019, the Health Promotions Unit led a campaign to raise awareness and educate team members and community members about the benefits of healthy vending choices.  Each month the team has created educational posters and messaging near vending machines in all PARD facilities.  To check out the flyers click on a month.

In 2020, the Health Promotions unit will discuss the benefits of Eating Nature's Rainbow.  Colorful fruits and vegetables are not only visually pleasing, but have many health benefits for our bodies.  Catch the Rainbow Series by clicking on the color below!

2019 Posters

February

March

April

May

June

July

August

September

October

November

December

2020 Posters

The Rainbow

Red

Orange

Yellow

Green

Blue

Purple

White

The Free Fitness in the Park program is offered by Stronger Austin and the Parks and Recreation Department. Classes are free, designed for all fitness abilities and promote physical activity and health education. Classes teach participants to be active and healthy while visiting their local parks and recreation.

Stronger Austin is now providing free virtual physical activity classes in the comfort of your own home. https://strongeraustin.org/activities/

Find more FREE FITNESS by visiting one of our recreation centers with exercise equipment and weight room hours, view open gym and weight room information.

WALK TX AND MORE is a free physical activity program for adults living or working in Travis County. Take the 10-Week Challenge, or create or join an Activity Group. Find out more here:http://www.healthyplaceshealthypeople.org/active/