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Jump-Start Your Wellness Resolution

By Daniel W. Hatcher, MPH | Posted on December 3, 2018

Holiday celebrations can make healthy choices less than easy, but here are eight ideas to help you get started on your wellness resolutions - BEFORE the new year!

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Going Purple to Raise Awareness about the Opioid Epidemic in Your Community

By Michele R. Potter, CPRP | Posted on November 19, 2018

The city of Gaithersburg, Maryland, joined the Maryland Municipal League and other local municipalities in the “Go Purple” movement to raise awareness about substance use and the opioid crisis.

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Increasing Diabetes Awareness Through Parks and Rec

By Lesha Spencer-Brown MPH, CPH | Posted on November 16, 2018

November is National Diabetes Month, a time to raise awareness about diabetes — the seventh leading cause of death in the country — and its impact on millions of Americans.

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Second Edition of Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans Released

By Cassie Pais | Posted on November 14, 2018

The purpose of these guidelines is to provide science-based guidance to help all people ages 3 years and older improve their immediate and long-term health through regular physical activity.

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Parks & Rec Promote National Rural Health Day

By Rachel Banner | Posted on November 14, 2018

November 15 is National Rural Health Day — an opportunity to “Celebrate the Power of Rural.”

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Does Our Built Environment Impact Our Health Behaviors? — Episode 028

By Cort Jones | Posted on October 22, 2018

On this episode of Open Space Radio, we talk about how our public built environments impact health behaviors such as physical activity and recreation, and the environment where we spend most of our time, such as work, school and sleep, has an effect on our leisure time physical activity.

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A Safe Place to Be: Monte Vista Kids Connection Fills Rural Role

By Maureen Acquino | Posted on October 16, 2018

Monte Vista Kids Connection was one of ten rural park and recreation agencies who received grant funds from the Walmart Foundation and NRPA to increase access to healthy food and nutrition education in their out-of-school-time programs.

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World Arthritis Day 2018: Increasing Awareness Parks and Recreation Style

By Lesha Spencer-Brown | Posted on October 12, 2018

Today is World Arthritis Day. People around the world are encouraged to to work towards increasing awareness about arthritis and other rheumatic conditions. NRPA is accepting applications for a grant opportunity which trains local park and recreation staff as instructors to offer an evidence-based physical activity program in their community.

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Afterschool Suppers Annual Report Calls for Increasing Afterschool Program Funding

By Megan Phillippi | Posted on October 10, 2018

This week, the Food Research and Action Center (FRAC) released the annual Afterschool Suppers: A Snapshot of Participation report.

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The Release of The Opioid Epidemic Practical Toolkit

By Lindsey Kearney | Posted on October 9, 2018

The role parks and recreation agencies can play in the prevention of opioid overdose is key, especially with the number of youth enrolled in out of school time programs.

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Welcome to Parks: A Health and Wellness Solution!

By Kellie May | Posted on October 3, 2018

An overview of NRPA's Health and Wellness Team and their initiatives and priorities.

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Removing Barriers Through Aqua Fitness Programming

By Shauna Lewallen, CPRP | Posted on September 14, 2018

Neuro-Splash has become more than just exercise, for some participants it’s become a support network and given a new outlook on life

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This Delta Community Uses Nutrition to Strengthen the Next Generation

By Allison Colman | Posted on September 7, 2018

In Tunica, Mississippi, community leaders and organizations are working together to make changes that will provide better food access and improve health across the community.

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Cornfields and Commit to Health: My Reaction to Rural Recreation and Nutrition

By Audrey Fox | Posted on August 23, 2018

This summer, NRPA staff conducted site visits to rural grant recipients to see what Commit to Health funding and resources look like in action.

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Parks and Recreation: Impacting the Lives of Older Adults Across the Country

By Lesha Spencer-Brown | Posted on August 21, 2018

At a time when the older adult population is growing at such a rapid rate, it’s no surprise that park and recreation agencies are playing their part to serve the needs and desires of this growing population.

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Our Hand-Picked Health and Wellness Sessions at the 2018 NRPA Annual Conference

By Maureen Acquino | Posted on July 25, 2018

Here are our top choices for sessions that will help you engage your community, partners and stakeholders in your health and wellness offerings.

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National Summer Learning Day: The Critical Role of Parks and Rec in Summer Nutrition and Learning

By Megan Phillippi | Posted on July 12, 2018

July 12 was National Summer Learning Day!

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Five Tips for Getting Your Community Garden Growing

By Karen Weeks | Posted on June 21, 2018

Community gardens are a wonderful way to not only green up the neighborhood, but also to bring neighbors together.

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