2017 March Walk in the Park

How Bringing Healthcare Providers and Parks Together Creates Healthier Communities

By Lesha Spencer-Brown and Rachael Habash | Posted on March 24, 2017

The last two decades have seen a big push for healthcare providers and health systems to collaborate with community-based organizations and businesses (like parks and recreation) through coalitions and city-wide health initiatives to address these barriers to improved health.

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2017 march presidential budget

Trump’s First Budget Request and What It Means for Parks and Recreation

By Dave Tyahla | Posted on March 18, 2017

The Trump White House released its first federal budget request this week on Thursday, March 16 and key park and recreation policy priorities are identified to receive cuts and elimination.

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2017 March Arthritis Rachel

The Role of Parks in Aging in Place

By Rachel Banner | Posted on March 17, 2017

Aging in place is defined by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as “the ability to live in one’s home and community safely, independently, and comfortably, regardless of age, income, or ability level.” Parks and recreation is a vital part of creating an age friendly community.

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2017 March Arthritis

Arthritis in America: The Role of Parks and Recreation

By Lesha Spencer-Brown | Posted on March 10, 2017

On March 7, 2017, the CDC released Vital Signs: Arthritis in America highlighting the prevalence of doctor-diagnosed arthritis in America, along with activity limitations and measures than can be taken to combat arthritis.

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2017 homeless survey

Survey Results: Parks and the Homeless

By Kevin Roth | Posted on March 9, 2017

NRPA recently conducted a survey of urban park and recreation agency directors across the country on the topic of homelessness to gain an understanding of the views and actions of their departments and other local government agencies.

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2017 March CTH 3 years

Celebrating 3 Years of Healthy Out-of-School Time

By Allison Colman and Ava DeBovis | Posted on March 7, 2017

In February 2014 NRPA launched Commit to Health, a campaign devoted to creating healthier out-of-school time (OST) programs in local parks and recreation.

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