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Grant Opportunity to Fund Community Coalitions Preventing Substance Use Among Youth

By Cassie Pais and Kate Clabaugh | Posted on February 28, 2018

Our Commit to Health campaign continues to expand well beyond programming related to nutrition and physical activity.

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What Innovation in Health Looks Like

By Robin Brothers | Posted on February 16, 2018

Anniston Parks and Recreation won the Alabama Recreation and Parks Association 2017 Innovative Program of the Year for their Commit to Health programs, and is excited for their shot at NRPA's Innovation in Health Award!

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Celebrate Inclusion this February

By Maureen Acquino | Posted on February 12, 2018

February gives us two great reasons to recognize and promote inclusion through parks and recreation — Black History Month and North American Inclusion Month.

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NRPA Asks Congress to Invest in Arthritis

By NRPA Public Policy Team | Posted on February 7, 2018

NRPA asks Congress to fund the CDC Arthritis Program at $16 million to continue its critical work to improve the quality of life for people with arthritis nationwide.

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How to Improve Your Cardiovascular Health and #MoveWithHeart — Episode 016

By Cort Jones | Posted on February 5, 2018

Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States, yet it is largely preventable by taking certain steps.

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Make 2018 the Year of Healthy Out-of-School Time!

By Allison Colman | Posted on February 1, 2018

Since 2014, over 300,000 children have gained access to healthier meals and snacks, additional opportunities to be physically active, evidence-based nutrition education and outdoor play through NRPA’s Commit to Health campaign.

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Fun and Rewarding Group Activities for Retirees

By Karen Weeks | Posted on January 19, 2018

Many older adults don’t realize they have a wealth of information and activities waiting to be discovered in their own hometown.

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50 Ways Parks and Recreation Pay Out Every Day

By Tim Herd, CPRE | Posted on January 16, 2018

Together, our park and recreation systems contribute expansively to a healthy economy, environment and society in at least 50 tangible ways.

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Keeping Healthy with Holiday-Themed Challenges

By Erin Hughes | Posted on January 10, 2018

Erin Hughes of the U.S. Marine Corps shares how MCCS Okinawa encouraged healthier behavior through a 12 Days of Christmas Food Log Challenge

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Why Everyone in San Francisco Lives Within a 10-Minute Walk to a Park — Episode 014

By Cort Jones and Roxanne Sutton | Posted on January 8, 2018

San Francisco is the first and only city in the nation where 100 percent of residents live within a 10-minute walk to a park.

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Mayor Hillary Schieve on Why Parks and Recreation is Vital to a Thriving Reno — Episode 013

By Roxanne Sutton | Posted on December 27, 2017

Reno is aiming to be a leader in outdoor recreation in order to attract new business and improve overall quality of life.

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5 Healthy Out-of-School Time Myths Busted — Episode 011

By Roxanne Sutton | Posted on November 27, 2017

In today’s episode, we chat with Ava DeBovis and Daniel Hatcher from the Alliance for a Healthier Generation to bust some out-of-school time myths.

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How to Get Parents to Buy into Safety

By Michelle Chopin, ePACT Network | Posted on November 27, 2017

Park and recreation staff often have to deal with emergency situations in their programs throughout the year. Here are some tips on how to handle them more effectively.

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Parks and Rec: Joining the Fight Against Diabetes

By Heather Williams | Posted on November 16, 2017

November is National Diabetes Awareness Month. As part of this nationwide initiative, NRPA is calling attention to the role parks and rec plays in keeping people active and healthy, even those affected by diabetes.

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Why 3 National Orgs Came Together to Promote Proximity to Parks — Episode 010

By Roxanne Sutton | Posted on November 13, 2017

On October 10, 2017, the Trust for Public Land (TPL), the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) and the Urban Land Institute (ULI) came together to launch a campaign called 10-Minute Walk.

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Is Healthy Aging a Major Priority for Your Agency?

By Lesha Spencer-Brown | Posted on October 27, 2017

Why should we place a priority on serving older adults? Several reasons!

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Tax Reform Debate Opens a Window of Opportunity to Get the PHIT Act Done

By Kate Sims | Posted on October 26, 2017

Tax reform is a logical piece of legislation where the language of the PHIT Act can be included.

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Combining Therapy with Nature and Walking is a Winning Combination

By Jennifer Udler, LCSW-C | Posted on October 24, 2017

Clinical Social Worker Jennifer Udler, LCSW-C shares how she discovered the benefits of combining walking, therapy and nature together to help those with mental illness.

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