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White House Conference on Hunger, Health, and Nutrition: Parks and Recreation Day of Action Toolkit

By Asia Simms and Dan McCarthy | Posted on September 19, 2022

Here are some ideas on the types of events you could host to raise awareness and drive action in partnership with the White House Conference on Hunger, Health, and Nutrition.

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Data-Driven Effort to Advance Park Equity Expands

By Clement Lau, DPPD, FAICP | Posted on September 12, 2022

Los Angeles County Department of Parks and Recreation's Parks Needs Assessment Plus contains data and analyses in support of expanding land conservation and restoration, transit to parks, and other strategies to meet regional and rural recreation needs, especially in the most vulnerable communities.

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Becoming a Better Mentor: Strategies to Be There for Young People

By Lauren Kiefert, MPH | Posted on September 1, 2022

MENTOR, The National Mentoring Partnership, recently launched a series of resources that benefits anyone looking to support a young person and includes real-world advice, plus tangible, evidence-based strategies for mentors.

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CDC Releases Updated Monkeypox Guidance for Professionals Serving Youth

By NRPA Health Team | Posted on August 26, 2022

As one of the largest providers of out-of-school time programs for youth and families, park and recreation professionals can look to the CDC’s updated guidance to help navigate their response to the monkeypox outbreak.

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Providing Opportunities for Those Who Think Differently — September Bonus Episode

By Cort Jones | Posted on August 18, 2022

On the September bonus episode of Open Space Radio, we're chatting with 2022 NRPA Annual Conference speaker, Dr. Temple Grandin, a world-renowned scientist, animal behaviorist, advocate for autism and author.

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Child Nutrition Reauthorization: Take Action Now

By Asia Simms | Posted on August 16, 2022

NRPA strongly urges the passage of the Healthy Meals, Healthy Kids Act, and with it, a robust Child Nutrition Reauthorization (CNR) that supports youth and their families.

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On a Mission to Make Aquatics More Equitable — Episode 118

By Cort Jones | Posted on August 16, 2022

On the latest episode of Open Space Radio, we're joined by Kate Connell, CPRP, the aquatics program supervisor for Iowa City Parks and Recreation and creator of Equitable Aquatics. She is also a recipient of the 2022 NRPA Young Professional Fellowship!

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Back to School: 5 Ways To Integrate Social and Emotional Learning Into Your Out-of-School Time Programs This Year

By Allison Colman | Posted on August 10, 2022

As we enter a new school year, here are some ways park and recreation professionals can consider how their programs can more intentionally integrate social and emotional learning to advance positive youth outcomes across their community.

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New Resources to Increase Youth Sports Registrations

By Teresa Morrissey | Posted on August 5, 2022

To support park and recreation professionals looking to recruit more families into their youth sports programming, NRPA has developed a suite of family-facing resources that showcases what sets park and recreation youth sports apart from the rest.

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What To Know About the Monkeypox Outbreak

By Allison Colman | Posted on July 27, 2022

Due to a recent rise in cases, the World Health Organization declared the spreading monkeypox outbreak a global public health emergency on Saturday, July 23. Here's what you should know.

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New SNAP and WIC Outreach Toolkit to Support Community Wellness Hubs in Parks and Recreation

By Liliana Ruiz Fischer | Posted on July 22, 2022

NRPA’s SNAP and WIC Outreach Toolkit provides information for park and recreation professionals on how to provide SNAP/WIC outreach directly to community members, connecting them to enrollment and retention assistance for increased access to affordable and healthy foods.

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How Parks and Recreation Can Support People Experiencing Homelessness – August Bonus Episode

By Cort Jones | Posted on July 21, 2022

The August issue of Parks & Recreation magazine is out now, and on today’s bonus episode of Open Space Radio, we’re diving deeper into one of this month’s feature stories, titled, “Homelessness: How Can I Help?”

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Celebrate Community Health During National Farmers Market Week!

By Liliana Ruiz Fischer | Posted on July 20, 2022

National Farmers Market Week, taking place August 7-13, is an annual celebration hosted by Farmers Market Coalition that highlights the vital role farmers markets play in the national food system.

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Take Action Now: White House Conference on Hunger, Nutrition, and Health

By Dan McCarthy | Posted on June 23, 2022

After more than 50 years, the White House will once again convene a national Conference on Hunger, Nutrition, and Health in September 2022. Here's how you can get involved and make your voice heard.

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Using the Inclusive Healthy Places Companion Guide for Park and Recreation Professionals

By Jared Mummert | Posted on June 22, 2022

This resource is an opportunity for your agency to center the community in its decision-making and create systemic change that will lead to more equitable, inclusive, healthy and resilient park spaces.

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Community Wellness Hubs: A Public Health Solution

By Allison Colman | Posted on June 15, 2022

We are thrilled to share a new resource, Community Wellness Hubs: A Toolkit for Advancing Community Health and Well-Being, which provides guidance on how to create your own Community Wellness Hub.

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How Mentoring Supports Youth Impacted by the Opioid Epidemic – Episode 114

By Cort Jones | Posted on June 7, 2022

On this episode of Open Space Radio, we're discussing a youth mentoring program in Berwick, Maine, which is designed to support youth impacted by the opioid epidemic.

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Balance Over Burnout: Find Your Mental Fitness Routine

By Katie Garrett, CPRP | Posted on May 31, 2022

To round out Mental Health Awareness Month, here are some suggestions on how to find your mental fitness routine from Katie Garrett, CPRP.

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