What you need to Know about Seasonal Employees and the Healthcare Law
By now, you’ve likely heard about the changes to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) (Pub. L. No. 111 148) and how they relate to health insurance for seasonal workers. We know you are concerned about how this might impact your ability to hire seasonal workers and the implications for park and recreation programs that depend on seasonal workers for success. Well, you can breathe easy now – the IRS has recently released guidelines that help clarify this regulation and the NRPA Public Policy Team has compiled the details you need to know to understand the changes and guidelines.
Four Steps Parks and Rec Can Take to Wipe Obesity from the Headlines
Have you noticed obesity in the news lately? Numerous articles and studies published recently give us good reason to pat ourselves on the back. But still, other headlines stress that we have a lot more work to do and more investment must be focused on prevention. How can park and recreation agencies continue to contribute to the fight against obesity? We have identified four critical steps you can take now to demonstrate your leadership and contributions to health and wellness.
A Doctor Knows Best: Parks Do Equal Wellness Speed Session Preview
It is here, your next Speed Session preview! If you are heading to Congress, you have got to plan to attend one of these fast-paced sessions on Wednesday, Oct. 9. If you’ve got 20-minutes then you have enough time to learn how parks working with doctors can be a prescription for good community health. In fact, that is what this blog post written by a team of colleagues from the Montgomery County Department of Parks, part of the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission in Maryland explores. They preview their Speed Session about the Parks = Wellness program and how agencies can implement similar programs to demonstrate the important role parks and recreation have in health and wellness, one of NRPA’s Three Pillars.
Heads Up: Be Aware About Concussions
These days, you’ll find more and more research and information about concussions and the importance of providing and practicing good concussion management. Often in headline news (just as recently as yesterday!), concussions are serious business and knowing about them is important for those in parks and recreation. In this video blog (or vlog), Jay Tryon, CPRP, Mecklenburg County Park and Recreation Department, interviews Rick Meyer from Central Maryland Rehabilitation Services on the management of concussions offering tips, information and resources that could help you and your community.
Michelle Obama Thanks Parks and Recreation at Let's Move! Event
Danielle Taylor, Associate Editor for Parks & Recreation Magazine recently attended a Let’s Move event hosted by Michelle Obama. Read her takeaways from the event and how parks and recreation are and continue to be leaders of healthier communities and the fight against childhood obesity.
Hey Parks and Rec, Let’s Get People Walking
On June 25th, the U.S. Surgeon General, representatives from CDC, America Walks, and other members of an expert panel met to formally support walking and walkability as a way for Americans to become more active. One of the sectors identified to make it easier for Americans to walk was Parks, Recreation, Fitness and Sports.
Why I love July Oh and Park and Rec Month Too
Around here, July is our favorite month! Read why and get our list of five fun ways to GET WILD this July for Park and Recreation Month.
From Gravel Lot to Garden of Possibilities
Community gardens can be powerful things. They can bring communities together, provide fresh and healthy produce to those that may have no access to fresh fruits and vegetables, they can connect generations and pass on traditions and so much more. Often run by local parks and recreation, community gardens have the power to improve communities. Recently, we visited Rosemont Park District in Illinois and saw first hand how the Grow Your Park grant from NRPA and the Darden Foundation is changing not only the landscape of this small town, but is also bringing generations and the community closer.
Three Ways to Use the Three Pillars
In this month’s Parks & Recreation cover story, agency leaders discuss how their programs and facilities fit into NRPA’s three pillars—conservation, health and wellness, and social equity. But above all, the pillars are a communications strategy, so how are these agencies communicating those priorities to the public and policymakers? Managing Editor Elizabeth Beard takes a look at how three agencies are using the pillars messaging in three very different ways.
Defining Play Deserts – We are Getting Close
NRPA is actively working with the
CDC and other leading experts on an effort to define ‘play deserts,’
essentially spaces that lack available opportunities for physical activity. Zarnaaz Bashir, MPH, Director of Health
Initiatives for NRPA, tells of the importance of defining play deserts for
parks and recreation and how this definition will help you establish and
demonstrate your role in improving communities through health and wellness and