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.

Brighter Bites, in partnership with the City of Austin's Parks and Recreation Department, will be hosting a food distribution at three PARD sites through August 28.

  1. Wednesdays @ Gus Garcia Recreation Center 9:30am-while supplies last. Flyer in English and Spanish
  2. Thursdays @ Givens Recreation Center 9am-while supplies last. Flyer in English and Spanish
  3. Fridays @ Turner Roberts Recreation Center 9am-while supplies last. Flyer in English and Spanish
  • Drive-thru or walk up options will be made available for families in attendance. We will load your vehicle for you, no need to exit your automobile, or follow the signs for walk-up options. Boxes will be available on a first-come-first-served basis while supplies last at the following locations below.

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/

Meditative Moments in Austin Parks

Here you will find relaxing sights and sounds of parks. The goal is to reduce stress and give you a moment of peace that only the great outdoors can provide. Enjoy these precious moments. Check in weekly for more meditative moments

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!

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/