How the President's Budget Affects Parks and Rec, The PHIT Act Gaining Speed

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With 2016 being an important election year, things are off to a busy start on Capitol Hill. Congress' window of opportunity is even smaller than usual as they aim to wrap things up before the November election. The Senate finally introduced the long-awaited Child Nutrition Reauthorization, President Obama released his grand vision for federal spending in 2017, and the PHIT Act is quickly gaining support in both the U.S. House and the Senate.    
 
You play an important role in keeping these issues, and others, visible and active before your elected leaders in Washington. Get the tools you need to do so by becoming a Park Champion and demonstrating why parks and recreation need full and robust support!
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President Obama recently released his FY2017 budget request, totaling $4.1 trillion. This year's budget is the President's most expensive and expansive vision for federal spending yet. See where parks and recreation fits in. 
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The PHIT Act is making progress and gaining support on both sides of Capitol Hill. The PHIT Act allows for fitness expenses to come out of HSAs and FSAs and has the potential to increase participation in classes, camps and leagues at your park and recreation facilities.
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Senate's Vision for Feeding Hungry Children
The Senate Agriculture Committee introduced a draft of the Child Nutrition Reauthorization that supports the health and wellness needs of children at park and recreation sites during the summer and after-school hours. Here's how the Improving Child Nutrition Integrity and Access Act impacts NRPA members and the children we serve.
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The Year of Park Champion Advocacy
We've got big plans for parks and rec advocacy in 2016 – and we need you to make it all happen. Following up on the success and lessons learned from the inaugural summer of Park Champion advocacy, we're excited to expand the initiative to a year-round movement by holding at least one Park Champion event in all 50 states. Learn more about how you can be part of advocating for a brighter future for parks and rec.
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