Fresno older adults recognize the importance of staying active! Together they improved their health by walking one-hour, three times a week for six weeks through the Walk With Ease program.
BREC, in the East Baton Rouge Parish of Louisiana, held their free Commit to Health Showcase on January 11 at the Gus Young Recreation Center. Just over 60 adults and 50 children braved the rainy weather to participate in a host of fun games, food sampling, resource vendors, and win lots of prizes.
Bismarck Parks and Recreation District (BPRD) opened the BSC Aquatic & Wellness Center (AWC) in 2010. Both the local swim club and the business community got behind a successful capital campaign to raise the necessary private funds, which BPRD augmented to create one of the state’s premier aquatic facilities.
The “Excel Beyond the Bell Healthy Holiday Celebration” focused on healthy eating, physical activity, and community engagement. The event, held Tuesday Jan. 9 at Roberto Clemente Middle School in Montgomery County, Maryland, served over 100 students and 35 adult guests, including parents, school personnel and recreation professionals.
In 2017, Green Township, Ohio issued a request for proposals to create an accessible and stimulating playground at West Fork Park. The end result was a playground that was appropriate for all ages and abilities and included eight play zones.
In 2017, 41 local park and recreation agencies received grant funding from NRPA, with support from the Walmart Foundation, to implement the Commit to Health program in their out-of-school time programs. Agencies have shared inspiring stories of kids excited to try new fruits and vegetables, thanks to the Foods of the Month curriculum, and who are energized by increased physical activity opportunities.
One of Spartanburg's most popular recreation and physical activity destinations is the Mary Black Foundation Rail Trail. This two-mile rail-to-trail conversion is a wheelchair accessible recreation and activity hub that parallels two major roads and connects many neighborhoods to downtown Spartanburg, South Carolina.
Carmody Park is an incredibly special place, because it is Lakewood’s first universal playground, offering kids of all ages and abilities the chance to play, without limits, alongside each other.
Using CDC’s park access measures, Five Rivers MetroParks of Dayton, Ohio evaluated access to its Five Rivers MetroParks for residents within a half mile radius of the parks. This method included looking at proximity to parks, walking access to parks, and park connectivity.
In an effort to empower residents to take an active role in their health and wellness, the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission (M-NCPPC), Department of Parks and Recreation in Prince George’s County is now offering the Walk With Ease program.
The Walk With Ease Program was developed by the Arthritis Foundation and is beneficial for anyone looking to engage in physical activity, but especially for those suffering with arthritis.
San Francisco recently commemorated the great success of being the first city in the nation where every resident lives within a 10-minute walk to a park. It is, indeed, a great feat worth celebrating. But not every 10-minute walk is the same.
A grant from NRPA allowed Southgate Recreation & Park District to offer the Arthritis Foundation’s Walk With Ease program to older adults. The WWE program is a low-impact group-based walking program designed for people with arthritis.
Friends of Hemming Park, a nonprofit organization was contracted by the City of Jacksonville in 2014 to manage Jacksonville’s oldest public park. Since our inception, we implemented placemaking projects and brought regular amenities and programming to the park. Although great things have happened in Hemming Park, the park has also had some recent challenges.
In my three years working at R.O.C.K. (Recreation Of City Kids) Programs with the City of San Jose, the opportunity to implement nature focused enrichment in our daily afterschool program had yet to come up until this past Fall. My supervisor informed me that my school site Majestic Way Elementary was chosen to pilot the Wildlife Explorers Program through the NRPA.
Mary Hyland, just like millions of Americans struggling with arthritic symptoms, needed more physical activity to help cope with her arthritis. While she never considered joining a support group in the past, she discovered an enjoyable program being offered by the City of Apopka that encourages all people facing the same age-old challenge to get outside and walk.
A nutrition coordinator for a summer program helped provide six weeks of nutrition literacy as part of the 2016 Out-of-School Time Programs Grant from NRPA and the Walmart Foundation. Each week, the coordinator visited 8 playgrounds and recreation centers and engaged hundreds of children in learning about the importance of healthy eating.
It’s the summer of 1985, and the disco era is transitioning into dance-pop and rock. The outdoor roller skating rink at Durham Parks and Recreation’s W.D. Hill Recreation Center continues to flourish for skaters who have found a new way to dance on wheels with inline skates and rollerblades. The 15-year-old rink, layered with a Sport Court surface, is equipped with a concession building for skate storage and rentals that doubles as the DJ hub for tunes that waft through the neighborhood on summer evenings. The picnic shelter serves as a shaded area for admirers to observe talented skaters “doing their thing.”