7 Tips for Preventing Child Abuse at Summer Camps

Editor | April 28, 2016

April is Child Abuse Prevention Month, and with planning for summer camps in full swing, now is a good time to think about how your camps can help spot and prevent child abuse.

 

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5 Reasons to Hike with Your Kids

Jessica Culverhouse | March 30, 2016
For my family, any season is a good time for a hike. But there is something extra special about hiking in the springtime, spotting ephemeral wildflowers like Virginia bluebells and inventing dialogue between songbirds as they call to one another. Make a pledge to take your child out to hike in a park on May 21 for National Park Trust’s Kids to Parks Day. Read more

Infographic: 2 Years of Fostering Healthy Kids

Kellie May | February 18, 2016
February marks the two year anniversary of NRPA’s Commit to Health campaign. From the exciting launch event in 2014 with First Lady Michelle Obama in Miami, to where we are today, let’s take a moment to look back and celebrate our successes over the past 2 years! Read more

Make 2016 the Summer of Opportunity!

Allison Colman | February 3, 2016
NRPA recently attended a meeting at United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) headquarters to explore innovative ideas, problem solve and strategize about summer meals in 2016. The meeting brought together partners from multiple sectors in the fight against childhood hunger, each united by a common goal — let’s work to make 2016 the summer of opportunity for youth across the country! Many emerging trends and creative ideas were discussed at the meeting, but we’ve pulled out the best strategies applicable to parks and recreation. Read more

10 Ways to Get Fit in Your Local Parks and Rec in 2016

Allison Colman | January 22, 2016

We’re three weeks into the new year, and we hope you haven’t dropped your resolutions just yet. As the ball dropped in Times Square on New Year’s Eve, resolutions were made to spend more time with families, read a new book each month, travel and explore, try new recipes, be more adventurous, or save more money. But the resolution made most—by 69 percent of people in 2015—was to get fit and healthy, lose weight, and keep the weight off.

 
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5 Key Takeaways from Park Support Study

Kevin Roth | January 19, 2016
NRPA's latest research report is out and the findings are an important tool for our profession to use when telling the story about the power of local public parks. The theme of this research is clear in the title: “Americans’ Broad-Based Support for Local Recreation and Park Services.” The message is unambiguous yet compelling: Americans are passionate about their local parks. Read more

The Heartwarming Truth Behind Those Big Numbers

Roxanne Sutton | December 22, 2015
Every year in our annual report, we highlight the accomplishments made by NRPA members through our partnerships and programs. These numbers are impressive and are a great way to show the collective impact parks and recreation makes across the country. Numbers can be cold, however. Luckily, we don’t just collect numbers, we collect stories too. Read more

A Win for LWCF and more in the Congressional Spending Package

NRPA Public Policy Team | December 18, 2015
We’ve pulled the highlights that impact parks and recreation out of the 2,000 page spending package. By any standard, this year’s final federal spending package must be viewed as a success. It’s a win for NRPA and our supporters. We thank you and congratulate you on your committed advocacy efforts which resulted in strong investments at conserving our parks and natural resources, improving the health and well-being of future generations, and strengthening the fabric of our communities. Read more

What the Surgeon General’s Call to Action on Walking Means for Parks and Recreation

Rachel Banner, MPH | September 11, 2015
As we all know, living a physically active lifestyle is one of the most important steps people can take to improve their health. On September 9, the U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Vivek H. Murthy, released his Call to Action on Walking and Walkable Communities titled Step it Up!, explaining to the nation that, “Walking is one of the easiest and most affordable ways to build up physical activity in your life.” The report not only encourages people of all abilities to get out and take a brisk walk every day but it also calls on professionals and advocates from many sectors — including parks and recreation — to create safe, supportive environments for everyone to walk or wheelchair roll. Read more

Making Healthy Foods the New Comfort Foods

Michelle Martinez;Brian Kates | August 24, 2015
There are new changes at work in the City of Colorado Springs, specifically at the Meadows Park Community Center (MPCC). And these changes aren’t just affecting the children who attend MPCC’s after-school programs, they’re affecting the whole city. Michelle Martinez of Colorado Springs Department of Parks, Recreation and Cultural Services share how receiving a Healthy Out-of-School Time grant from NRPA and the Walmart Foundation has impacted her community. As children head back to school and out-of-school time programs kick off, now is a good time to think about how your park and recreation sites can Commit to Health. Read more

Confessions of a Former Parks and Rec Kid

Ava Young | August 17, 2015

I confess, I was a major Parks and Recreation kid. I still have a drawer full of brightly colored, oversized and permanently stained turquoise t-shirts from every summer of my youth spent at the Middletown Department of Parks and Recreation Day Camp. I vividly remember the daily fight for a seat at the counselor’s picnic table, the monthly field trips to Water Wiz, those rainy days spent overtaking the nearby library and coming home so sweaty and dirty from hours of endless play that all my parents could do was hose me off in the driveway. It was there that I learned to play tennis with Counselor Mike, make a mean friendship bracelet with Head Counselor Christine, and jump beach waves with Counselor Kelly. Yes, those were the days.

 

Flash forward a few decades later and here I am, National Network Manager with the Alliance for a Healthier Generation reliving the glory days of my summer recreation past every day.

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It's More Than a Meal

Oliver Spurgeon | August 3, 2015
Short-sighted thinking about child hunger threatens the health, wellness and academic success of our children. Instead of bringing hungry children together in one place and giving them access to healthy meals, STEM and reading classes, and a safe place to play, some in Washington think these kids would be better off with to-go meals. Our young people should never miss valuable tutoring, training and healthy meals because adults choose the easiest path forward — not the most effective one. Read more

Flip the Switch on Screen Time: Eight Tips

Daniel Hatcher | June 25, 2015

Limiting screen time in your park and recreation summer and out-of-school time programs can be a challenge, especially on inclement-weather-days. What about educational programs? Perhaps your program occasionally shows short videos as part of an anti-bullying project or maybe you lead a Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) program. Kids need to use a screen to learn coding right?

 

Here’s the deal. What’s important about this standard is limiting unnecessary screen time. It’s about ensuring that if screen time is used, it is balanced with physical activity time.

 

Are you ready to flip the switch on screen time? Try one (or all) of these tips!

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Can You Walk to Your Park?

Allison Colman | May 5, 2015
Parks have the ability to bring together communities to experience a plethora of health and wellness activities!  With so many amazing programs taking place at parks, it’s important to consider one important factor in particular—how are your community members getting to your parks?! Read more

Three Ways You Can Advocate for Summer Nutrition

April 8, 2015
One of the most critical times of the year to keep children healthy is during the summer, when many children may not have access to healthy food and may not be as physically active as they are during the school year. Providing a nutritious meal to hungry kids is an important way to ensure that they are able to reach their full potential both in and out of school. Read more





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