December’s cover story by John Crompton focused on the evolving lifestyle and financial factors motivating today’s seniors toward recreation. Senior Editor Danielle Taylor discusses how the seniors in her life found a wide range of ways to stay active and well.
Recently the Every Body Walk! Collaborative held the first ever walking summit. NRPA was there representing parks and recreation and the great news is that community parks and recreation continues to be recognized and viewed as a key component for improving health and getting people active through walking. This post gives some insight into the summit and resources you can use to help create more walkable communities.
Have you noticed obesity in the news lately? Numerous articles and studies published recently give us good reason to pat ourselves on the back. But still, other headlines stress that we have a lot more work to do and more investment must be focused on prevention. How can park and recreation agencies continue to contribute to the fight against obesity? We have identified four critical steps you can take now to demonstrate your leadership and contributions to health and wellness.
It is here, your next Speed Session preview! If you are heading to Congress, you have got to plan to attend one of these fast-paced sessions on Wednesday, Oct. 9. If you’ve got 20-minutes then you have enough time to learn how parks working with doctors can be a prescription for good community health. In fact, that is what this blog post written by a team of colleagues from the Montgomery County Department of Parks, part of the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission in Maryland explores. They preview their Speed Session about the Parks = Wellness program and how agencies can implement similar programs to demonstrate the important role parks and recreation have in health and wellness, one of NRPA’s Three Pillars.
These days, you’ll find more and more research and information about concussions and the importance of providing and practicing good concussion management. Often in headline news (just as recently as yesterday!), concussions are serious business and knowing about them is important for those in parks and recreation. In this video blog (or vlog), Jay Tryon, CPRP, Mecklenburg County Park and Recreation Department, interviews Rick Meyer from Central Maryland Rehabilitation Services on the management of concussions offering tips, information and resources that could help you and your community.
Danielle Taylor, Associate Editor for Parks & Recreation Magazine recently attended a Let’s Move event hosted by Michelle Obama. Read her takeaways from the event and how parks and recreation are and continue to be leaders of healthier communities and the fight against childhood obesity.
Community gardens can be powerful things. They can bring communities together, provide fresh and healthy produce to those that may have no access to fresh fruits and vegetables, they can connect generations and pass on traditions and so much more. Often run by local parks and recreation, community gardens have the power to improve communities. Recently, we visited Rosemont Park District in Illinois and saw first hand how the Grow Your Park grant from NRPA and the Darden Foundation is changing not only the landscape of this small town, but is also bringing generations and the community closer.
In this month’s Parks & Recreation cover story, agency leaders discuss how their programs and facilities fit into NRPA’s three pillars—conservation, health and wellness, and social equity. But above all, the pillars are a communications strategy, so how are these agencies communicating those priorities to the public and policymakers? Managing Editor Elizabeth Beard takes a look at how three agencies are using the pillars messaging in three very different ways.
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