NEW PORT RICHEY — Florida's health department wants more residents to use parks and recreational facilities to curb obesity, and now the department's Pasco County office has created a online questionnaire to learn how Pasco residents use parks and hear ways local and state governments can increase their usage.
The survey contains 19 questions, from which facilities derive the most use to why people visit parks, such as for exercise, barbecues or to enjoy nature. Ninety-two properties in Pasco are considered parks or recreational facilities .
The survey, which runs until Aug. 12, takes about 10 minutes. It follows similar surveys around the state in recent years and is being conducted in cooperation with the county's health department and other agencies.
"We're trying to get feedback about why people don't use parks and what we can do get more people out to them," health education program manager Deanna Krautner said.
Pasco County ranks 46th out of 67 counties for obesity, and county residents rank slightly more sedentary than most other Florida residents, Krautner said.
Statewide, 34.6 percent of residents do not meet current guidelines for moderate to vigorous physical activity, such as 30 minutes of walking or running daily. In Pasco, the number is 34.9 percent of residents.
To take the online survey, go to www.surveymonkey.com/s/pascoparkssurvey.