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Marylanders and the Fight Against Arthritis

Posted on September 19, 2017

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.

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Exercise is the Medicine Being Prescribed by SPAR

By Marissa Carbine | Posted on September 6, 2017

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.

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Walking Is Fun When You Walk With Ease!

By Vicki Mongan | Posted on August 10, 2017

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.

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Baltimore City Partners with Special Olympics Maryland to Provide Recreational Opportunities to over 600 Athletes

By Robert Signor | Posted on August 10, 2016

Baltimore City Department of Recreation and Parks’ Therapeutic Recreation Division has continued to expand its strong partnership with Special Olympics Maryland. This partnership has allowed the Special Olympics program in Baltimore City to increase the number of athletes participating in community based programming and in programming geared toward individuals in day care programs.

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Experiencing Nature through a Multi-Sensory Trail

By Desiré DeGrange | Posted on February 24, 2016

Nestled in western Maryland is a nature park that is one of Frederick County’s true jewels. Catoctin Creek Park captures the imagination of visitors every day as guests enjoy not only historical elements in this one hundred and thirty-nine acre park, but also miles of trails and the County’s newest green energy efficient nature center.

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Inspiring Family Involvement at SEASPAR

By Daniel Hatcher | Posted on January 7, 2016

Recreation agencies play an important role in creating healthy communities. As part of our Commit to Health partnership, my colleagues and I regularly lead workshops for park and recreation staff across the country. Today, I am excited to share an interview with Dawn K., program manager of SEASPAR - Special Parks and Recreation.

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San Jose Shuts Down Streets and Opts for Play at Inaugural Viva CalleSJ

By Kari Davisson | Posted on January 6, 2016

Viva CalleSJ is an innovative and free program that temporarily closes miles of San José streets to bring communities together to walk, bike, skate, play, and explore the city like never before. The inaugural event was held on October 15, 2015, in Downtown and Eastbound San José.

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Partnering for Veterans Health

By John R. Sefton, Jr. | Posted on August 25, 2015

Launching in December 2013, West Valley Veterans were invited to participate in a new fitness program for veterans recovering from physical injuries and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). The fitness program called ‘ActiVet’ is held at the Rio Vista Recreation Center in Peoria, Arizona.

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Trail Rescued from Vines

By National Recreation and Park Association | Posted on January 8, 2014

An ailing economy meant fewer resources for pathway upkeep along Miami-Dade County trails. One trail system in particular that became overgrown and impassable meanders through a 50-acre natural hardwood hammock preserve — a canopied forest unique to Florida — within the 116-acre Kendall Indian Hammocks Park, a regional park located in a densely populated area. - See more at: http://staging.nrpa.org/success-stories/?pg=9#sthash.GkxYFV5D.dpuf

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Obesity Prevention for Youth and Special Populations

By National Recreation and Park Association | Posted on January 8, 2014

Youth enrolled in Lawrence Parks and Recreation Department (LPRD) programming were introduced to an innovative, new nutrition education program. As a Serving Kansas Communities grantee, LPRD received support to their free summer lunch program and training to provide a childhood obesity prevention curriculum for its camps.

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Breathing New Life into a Tribute Trail

By National Recreation and Park Association | Posted on December 8, 2013

In Strongsville, Ohio, a trail leads from the town commons to the recreation and senior center, meandering along the way through a series of gardens. Each garden represents one war in which Americans have fought. As visitors walk or bike along the Strongsville Freedom Trail, they pass through both a timeline of American history and a tribute to the local citizens who served their country through military service.

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New Pavilion Serves a Trailhead Meeting Spot

By National Recreation and Park Association | Posted on December 8, 2013

For more than two decades, Lubbock, Texas, residents who lived in the densely populated community surrounding Hoel Park had longed for an off-street place to stroll. “The trail has been a request for probably over 20 years by trail users and neighborhood groups in that part of Lubbock,” says Randy Truesdell, parks and recreation director for the City of Lubbock, Texas.

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Reno Community Gives a Cooperative Effort

By National Recreation and Park Association | Posted on November 8, 2011

Reno’s youth garden is located at the Evelyn Mount Northeast Community Center. This center, which is located in a low-income neighborhood, hosts a Parks and Recreation program called Vacation Station.

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