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Afterschool Funding Saved

By Allison Colman and Kate Sims | Posted on September 21, 2017

Thanks to great efforts on Capitol Hill and local advocacy efforts from out-of-school time (OST) providers like yourself all summer long, congress voted just last week to restore the funding for the 21st Century Community Learning Center program.

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Arthritis: A Leading Contributor to Poor Health Among Older Adults

By Lesha Spencer-Brown | Posted on August 18, 2017

Nearly one in three older adults suffer from arthritis. Learn how NRPA, with the support of the CDC, is disseminating and increasing sustainable supports for evidence-based physical activity programs designed to help people with arthritis.

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Prevention Fund Protected in Latest Healthcare Repeal Vote

By NRPA Public Policy Team | Posted on August 1, 2017

Park and recreation agencies nationwide are working to prevent and manage symptoms related to chronic diseases locally, but we know this work would not be possible without the support from the PPHF and the CDC.

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Meet the NRPA Health and Wellness Team

By NRPA Health and Wellness Team | Posted on July 27, 2017

NRPA’s Health and Wellness Team works with local park and recreation agencies to provide tools, resources and technical assistance to help improve access to healthy foods and increase opportunities for people to be physically active in their communities.

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Federal Funding Sustained for Arthritis Program

By Kate Sims and Lesha Spencer-Brown | Posted on July 26, 2017

Last week, the House Appropriations Committee approved the Labor, Health and Human Services, Education Funding Bill for FY18, which includes $11 million for the CDC’s Arthritis Program.

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Let’s Go For a Walk

By Megan Harrington | Posted on July 21, 2017

Megan Harrington, Recreation Supervisor with the City of Mexico Parks and Recreation Department, shares how partnerships helped them create a thriving walking program.

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Parks and Recreation: Partners in Public Health

By Zarnaaz Bashir, MPH and Kellie May, MTA | Posted on July 19, 2017

While parks have been around for well over a century, the notion that parks improve public health only gained recognition within the last decade.

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New York Street Games and the Power of Play

By Dr. Howell Wechsler | Posted on July 18, 2017

It’s National Parks and Recreation Month, which always makes me wax nostalgic about the center of my childhood existence: PLAY.

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How Parks and Rec can Address Arthritis in Rural America

By Lesha Spencer-Brown | Posted on June 2, 2017

Residents of rural communities, especially minority and low-income residents, tend to report higher prevalence of chronic conditions (for example arthritis, diabetes and heart disease), poorer health, and little to no physical activity compared to residents of urban communities.

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’Tis the Season (10 Tips for Water Safety)

By Brad Anderson, AFOI | Posted on May 24, 2017

AFO Instructor Brad Anderson shares 10 water safety tips for keeping patrons safe at your pools this summer.

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Combined-Built-Environment Features Are Now a Recommended Strategy to Get Communities Active

By Rachel Banner | Posted on May 18, 2017

The Community Preventive Services Task Force announced a new recommendation designed to increase physical activity though built-environment approaches that combine transportation-system interventions with land use and environmental design. This recommendation directly supports NRPA's Safe Routes to Parks initiative.

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NRPA’s Health Team Attends ‘Building a Healthier Future’ Summit

By Allison Colman and Kate Sims | Posted on May 17, 2017

Last week, NRPA’s Health and Wellness Department attended the Partnership for a Healthier America’s (PHA) 2017 Building a Healthier Future Summit in Washington, DC. This annual event brings together nonprofits, government agencies, academic institutions and corporations that are all committed to ending childhood obesity.

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May Arthritis Blog

Changing Behaviors and Attitudes One Older Adult at a Time

By Matt Saviello, CPRP, CYSA | Posted on May 12, 2017

May is Arthritis Awareness and Older Americans Month. Parks and Recreation play a major role in helping to alleviate the symptoms of arthritis (and other chronic diseases) among older adults in their communities. Here is one example of how the City of Tualatin, Oregon is doing just that.

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Now On to the Senate: House Passes Healthcare Repeal Bill

By Kate Sims | Posted on May 4, 2017

Today the House of Representatives passed the American Health Care Act (H.R. 1628) which repeals significant portions of the Affordable Care Act, including a full repeal of the Prevention and Public Health Fund.

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The Role of Parks in Aging in Place

By Rachel Banner | Posted on March 17, 2017

Aging in place is defined by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as “the ability to live in one’s home and community safely, independently, and comfortably, regardless of age, income, or ability level.” Parks and recreation is a vital part of creating an age friendly community.

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Arthritis in America: The Role of Parks and Recreation

By Lesha Spencer-Brown | Posted on March 10, 2017

On March 7, 2017, the CDC released Vital Signs: Arthritis in America highlighting the prevalence of doctor-diagnosed arthritis in America, along with activity limitations and measures than can be taken to combat arthritis.

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Celebrating 3 Years of Healthy Out-of-School Time

By Allison Colman and Ava DeBovis | Posted on March 7, 2017

In February 2014 NRPA launched Commit to Health, a campaign devoted to creating healthier out-of-school time (OST) programs in local parks and recreation.

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Parks: A True Health Solution

By Kevin Roth | Posted on March 6, 2017

A research brief published earlier this year highlights that parks are a health solution not just an aspirational goal.

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