After months of Congressional hearings, hours of expert
testimony by some of the brightest minds in public health, and repeated
warnings from advocates, including NRPA, about the dangers of waiting to mount
a full-throated response to the Zika virus, Congress has taken the first step
to paying for a comprehensive effort to ZIka’s spread.
The Zika virus has been in the headlines over the past few
months and it appears that one in four Americans are or will be changing their
outdoor plans this summer as a result. This is the key finding from a poll
conducted on behalf of the National Recreation and Park Association in
In an effort to improve the lives of the 53 million people
suffering from Arthritis, NRPA is working with the Centers for Disease Control
(CDC), the Arthritis Foundation, the National Association of Chronic Disease
Directors and public health advocates across the country to spread the word
that May is National Arthritis Awareness Month.
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.
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.
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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