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
The NRPA Annual Conference is quickly approaching and the Young Professional Network (YPN) is very excited to bring you another blog to help you get ready for the event. Each year thousands of park and recreation professionals come together for an amazing week filled with vast amounts of knowledge and countless memories. The week is jam packed with hundreds of educational sessions, off site institutes, networking events, an ever growing exhibit hall and most importantly a time for professionals to grow, share and learn among each other.
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.
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