Beginning in the fall of 2001, Hearts N' Parks expanded its network to 50 new magnet center sites in 11 states throughout the country.
The following states were selected for Hearts N' Parks based on the highest risk for cardiovascular disease, special populations served (i.e., seniors or minority populations), and park and recreation agency interest and program capability. The states are Arizona, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana/Ohio, Maryland, Michigan, Missouri, New Mexico, and Nevada. The Marine Corps will serve as an additional "state agency", with six bases designated as Hearts N' Parks sites. Follow this link to see a map of the 11 magnet center states. (Note: the Indiana and Ohio sites were originally combined as one Magnet Center.)
The magnet center sites will agree to a 3 year commitment to the Hearts N' Parks program and will be asked to fulfill specific responsibilities. These responsibilities include the following:
Program updates on the 50 magnet center sites will be provided periodically.