Last year with support from the Walmart Foundation, NRPA
helped local park and recreation agencies in 80 cities serve over 20 million
meals to children during the summer and before/after school in low-income
communities. While we celebrate this accomplishment, we know more work needs to
be done to close the hunger gap.
This month, the National Recreation and Park Association has joined the Alliance for a Healthier Generation (AHG) and the Clinton Foundation for the #GirlsAre Campaign. The goal: to raise awareness around the lack of physical activity among women and girls. This campaign is also being used to empower girls to celebrate their athleticism, in coordination with National Physical Fitness and Sports month.
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.
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