Joint Use Agreement Connects Duke Healthy Lifestyles Clinic and Durham Parks and Recreation
The Duke Healthy Lifestyles Clinic and the Durham Parks and Recreation Department are proving the power of partnerships. The Duke Healthy Lifestyles Clinic is an outpatient obesity treatment clinic that addresses obesity by engaging a team of medical professionals, licensed dietitians, physical therapists and mental health providers. The Duke Healthy Lifestyles Clinic wanted to offer opportunities for its patients and their families to be physically active. Space was limited at their facility, so they turned to Durham Parks and Recreation Department for help. Those early conversations resulted in the adoption of a Joint Use Agreement, which sought to better serve patients of the clinic and increase access to physical activity opportunities for members in the community.
Duke Healthy Lifestyles’ patients are now able to use Durham’s Edison Johnson Park facilities six days a week for two hours each day. Patients can access the pool, recreation center, basketball court, kitchen for healthy cooking classes, community garden and walking trails. In exchange, the Duke Healthy Lifestyles Clinic seeks grant funding to enhance park facilities.