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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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Sharing, Learning and Playing at the NRPA Annual Conference

By Stacey Hammond, M.Ed | Posted on November 16, 2018

A presenter from the 2018 NRPA Annual Conference shares their experience and encourages you to submit your education session ideas for the 2019 NRPA Annual Conference in Baltimore!

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The Tiny Sensory House

By Karla Gray, M.Ed., LRT/CTRS | Posted on November 15, 2018

With their 2017 Meet Me at the Park play spaces grant, Mecklenburg County Park and Recreation proved that the best things really do come in small (or, tiny) packages.

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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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Takeaways from the 2018 Midterm Elections

By Kyle Simpson | Posted on November 7, 2018

It's the day after the midterm elections, and NRPA's Public Policy Team is crunching the numbers and consuming lots of coffee.

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Meet the Newest Members of NRPA’s Conservation Advisory Panel

By Michele White, CAE, IOM | Posted on November 7, 2018

The panel provides feedback and subject matter expertise for NRPA’s conservation programs and initiatives and serves as a sounding board for new ideas and practices that help to provide guidance to the NRPA staff.

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What Are Your Park and Rec Pet Peeves? — Episode 029

By Cort Jones and Roxanne Sutton | Posted on November 6, 2018

On our 25th episode, we asked you to let us know some of the things that you deal with in your career in parks and recreation that really annoy you, and you answered the call.

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Active Parks, Healthy Cities

By Catherine Nagel | Posted on November 5, 2018

With 80 percent of U.S. residents living in urban areas, neighborhood parks offer a unique opportunity to be a part of the solution to America's activity deficit.

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Announcing the 2018 Great Urban Parks Campaign Grantees

By Jenny Cox | Posted on November 2, 2018

The 10 selected grantees demonstrate their commitment to ensuring green stormwater infrastructure projects not only address local environmental issues, but also provide the community a sense of ownership over the project.

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Making Billy Ray's Dream a Reality

By Kyle Simpson | Posted on October 25, 2018

When Billy Ray Shirley III was killed by gun violence in his community, his mother promised to make his dream of a community center a reality.

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How to Increase Your Park & Recreation Department's Purchasing Power

By Sarah Mallon | Posted on October 23, 2018

Cooperative purchasing, which combines the requirements of public entities and access to leading suppliers, can be the key to making the most of parks and recreation resources.

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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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Position Yourself as a "Go-To" Resource

By Tom Crosley | Posted on October 22, 2018

Becoming a speaker is a wonderful way to give back to the profession. Submit your session proposals by Friday, November 30, 2018 for a chance to win a free full-package registration to the 2019 NRPA Annual Conference.

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Four Secrets to Help You Pass Your CPRP Exam

By Kate Connell, CPRP | Posted on October 19, 2018

If you've been considering becoming a CPRP, check out these tips to assist you in your studies (hint: they're from someone who recently took the exam!).

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Small Town Department, Big Time Marketing

By Andrew Lance | Posted on October 17, 2018

Awareness in your city or town can be a big problem, especially if you are a smaller department, but here are some tips and tricks to help you improve your social media presence.

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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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Give the Screens a Rest

By Rinny Yourman | Posted on October 16, 2018

This fall is the perfect time for local parks, recreation departments and nature centers to plan ahead for Screen-Free Week 2019.

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