5 Tips for a Healthier Holiday Season

Allison Colman | November 18, 2016
The holiday season is here!  To quote one of my favorite holiday movie characters, Buddy the Elf, it’s time for “the four main food groups: candy, candy canes, candy corns and syrup.”  If you’re like me and millions of other Americans, you are probably looking forward to a few of these holiday treats, but you also may be thinking, “How can I make this holiday season a little bit healthier?” Don’t worry, NRPA has got you covered.  Check out these five tips for a healthier holiday season! Read more

What the 2016 Election Means for Healthcare in the 115th Congress

NRPA Public Policy Team | November 14, 2016
Now that the November elections are behind us, we can look a little further into President-elect Trump’s healthcare plans and dive into his ideas about keeping Americans healthy. Below, you’ll find a quick overview of President-elect Trump’s plans for the ACA and healthcare integration during the next administration. This note only scratches the surface of what issues may arise during the upcoming Congress, but it’s clear that park and recreation agencies’ preventative health efforts will continue to play a critical role as the next administration works to provide better care at a lower cost for all Americans. Read more

Zika Update #3: Preventing the Spread of Zika through Mosquito Control

Richard J. Dolesh | September 19, 2016
The Zika virus has begun to spread in the U.S. through transmission by mosquito bites. Browse recommendations for what you can do if Zika is suspected or confirmed in your local area. Read more

Physical (In)Activity and the School Day

Melissa May | September 12, 2016
As schools become increasingly focused on test performance, the amount of time devoted to in-school physical activities has declined or even been cut altogether. Read more

Creating Safe Routes to Parks Through National and Local Partnerships

Rachel Banner | August 31, 2016
Over the past several years, NRPA has worked with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to promote the Surgeon General’s Call to Action on Walking and Walkability. Through this work we have created the Safe Routes to Parks initiative to ensure safe and equitable access to parks. Read more

From Inspiration to Action

Kevin Roth | August 5, 2016
Whether catching a ballgame at a local stadium or viewing sports coverage on television, tens of millions of Americans will be watching athletic competition this August. Read more

How to Rally the Troops

Marla Collum | August 5, 2016
The Troops for Fitness program now offers a “how-to” guide that brings together a variety of feedback and approaches on topics such as how to recruit veterans and what classes have proven to be most popular and why. Read more

Outlook Unclear for Policy Priorities as Congress Adjourns Until September

David Tyahla | August 2, 2016
We’re in the heart of another hot and humid summer in Washington, DC. These conditions are sure to produce one thing — Congress leaving for its summer break. Read more

Zika Update #2: Protection for Outdoor Workers

Richard J. Dolesh | July 22, 2016
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently posted zika toolkits — information on how to prevent the Zika virus from being transmitted in outdoor settings. Read more

How to Celebrate Park and Recreation Month at Your Agency

Cathy Guerra | June 9, 2016
Park and Recreation Month helps park and rec agencies to share a unified message: the role of parks and recreation in health and wellness, conservation and social equity. Read more

How to Help Children Receive Free Summer Meals

Kellie May | June 8, 2016

With support from the Walmart Foundation, NRPA helped local park and rec agencies serve over 20 million meals to children in low-income communities.

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#GirlsAre Inspiring

Daniel W. Hatcher and NRPA Editor | May 26, 2016

The National Recreation and Park Association has joined the Alliance for a Healthier Generation (AHG) and the Clinton Foundation for the #GirlsAre Campaign.

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Congress Gets the Ball Rolling on Zika Funding

Oliver Spurgeon | May 20, 2016

NRPA continues to work with members of Congress on both sides of the isle to advocate for the highest level of funding possible for the Zika response. 

 

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Key Findings from Survey on Zika and Summer Outdoor Plans

Kevin Roth | May 20, 2016

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.

 

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Join the Fight Against Arthritis

Oliver Spurgeon | May 6, 2016
In an effort to improve the lives of the 53 million people suffering from Arthritis, NRPA is working partners and public health advocates to spread the word that May is National Arthritis Awareness Month. Read more

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