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Senate Healthcare Repeal Bill Released: Park and Rec Priorities Fare Worse than in House Bill

By NRPA Public Policy Team | Posted on June 22, 2017

Today the Senate released its healthcare repeal bill, the details of which are deeply troubling for park and recreation priorities.

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What ‘GOMESA’ Means for the Future of LWCF

By NRPA Public Policy Team | Posted on June 19, 2017

The Gulf of Mexico Energy Security Act or “GOMESA” was passed a little over 10 years ago in 2006. The measure includes a mandate that a portion of the overall revenues go to the State Assistance program.

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NRPA Conference Behind the Scenes: Building the Education Schedule

By Lucky D’Ascanio | Posted on June 15, 2017

As a member of the NRPA Conference Program Committee, the team of NRPA members who review the conference education session proposals, I invite you for a behind the scenes look at the remarkable process that results in an amazing product.

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rEvolution of Play

By Lisa Annis, Cre8Play | Posted on June 14, 2017

In honor of Park and Recreation Month, we asked Cre8Play to share some of the lessons learned from a recent TEDx event.

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Five Summer Hiring Tips for Park and Rec. Agencies

By Hayley Herzing | Posted on June 8, 2017

Summer can be the busiest time of year for park and recreation agencies, which means more job openings to fill. But seasonal hiring can be a challenge, as most agencies need to execute their hiring decisions quickly to get staff trained. These five tips will help you create a smooth and easy seasonal hiring process.

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How Parks and Rec can Address Arthritis in Rural America

By Lesha Spencer-Brown | Posted on June 2, 2017

Residents of rural communities, especially minority and low-income residents, tend to report higher prevalence of chronic conditions (for example arthritis, diabetes and heart disease), poorer health, and little to no physical activity compared to residents of urban communities.

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Healthy Greenspaces, Clean Water, Community Pride

By Jennifer Cox | Posted on May 31, 2017

Green stormwater infrastructure offers a hopeful solution to both environmental and social challenges when implemented in a thoughtful and meaningful way.

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FY18 Budget Request: The Fine Print Is Out and It’s Not Good for Parks and Rec

By David Tyahla | Posted on May 30, 2017

The full details of President Trump’s budget request for FY18 were released last week, which, if enacted, would mark a devastating divestment in programs critical to parks and recreation across the nation.

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Only 52% Of Adults View Local Parks as Nature

By Kevin Roth | Posted on May 25, 2017

A recently released comprehensive study takes a closer look at how Americans connect with nature. The Nature of Americans report combines data to better understand their sentiment of nature, outdoor activities, perceived benefits, and more.

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’Tis the Season (10 Tips for Water Safety)

By Brad Anderson, AFOI | Posted on May 24, 2017

AFO Instructor Brad Anderson shares 10 water safety tips for keeping patrons safe at your pools this summer.

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Swimming and Autism: Strategies and Tips

By Cindy Freedman | Posted on May 19, 2017

This summer, it’s likely that many park and recreation facilities, aquatic centers and summer camps will be accommodating children with autism and various sensory challenges. Learn how to improve safety, communication and knowledge to better accommodate these families in our facilities and programs.

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Combined-Built-Environment Features Are Now a Recommended Strategy to Get Communities Active

By Rachel Banner | Posted on May 18, 2017

The Community Preventive Services Task Force announced a new recommendation designed to increase physical activity though built-environment approaches that combine transportation-system interventions with land use and environmental design. This recommendation directly supports NRPA's Safe Routes to Parks initiative.

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NRPA’s Health Team Attends ‘Building a Healthier Future’ Summit

By Allison Colman and Kate Sims | Posted on May 17, 2017

Last week, NRPA’s Health and Wellness Department attended the Partnership for a Healthier America’s (PHA) 2017 Building a Healthier Future Summit in Washington, DC. This annual event brings together nonprofits, government agencies, academic institutions and corporations that are all committed to ending childhood obesity.

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Defend Our National Monuments, Diversity and Inclusion

By Robert García and Daniel Rossman | Posted on May 16, 2017

We, the people, must raise our voices to defend the health of our neighborhoods and the future of our children. We must insist on more parks and greater access to healthy outdoor activity, along with protection for all our public lands and waters — including national monuments.

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All Roads Lead to...a Park

By Chris Brusatte | Posted on May 15, 2017

Since the dawn of humanity, it seems, people have enjoyed the beauty, tranquility and serenity that natural parks offer. We all share the love of the outdoors, for recreation and for a respite from the busy world that invades most of our daily lives. Nature and recreation are treasures to cherish.

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May Arthritis Blog

Changing Behaviors and Attitudes One Older Adult at a Time

By Matt Saviello, CPRP, CYSA | Posted on May 12, 2017

May is Arthritis Awareness and Older Americans Month. Parks and Recreation play a major role in helping to alleviate the symptoms of arthritis (and other chronic diseases) among older adults in their communities. Here is one example of how the City of Tualatin, Oregon is doing just that.

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Now On to the Senate: House Passes Healthcare Repeal Bill

By Kate Sims | Posted on May 4, 2017

Today the House of Representatives passed the American Health Care Act (H.R. 1628) which repeals significant portions of the Affordable Care Act, including a full repeal of the Prevention and Public Health Fund.

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NRPA Welcomes New Manager of Government Affairs Kate Sims

By Editor | Kate Sims | Posted on May 4, 2017

NRPA is proud to welcome Kate Sims, Government Affairs Manager, to our public policy team.

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