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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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FY19 Presidential Budget Request: Deep Cuts to Park and Rec Priorities

By NRPA Public Policy Team | Posted on February 13, 2018

The White House released its FY19 budget request yesterday, kicking off debate for the next budget cycle.

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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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10-Minute Walk: Opportunities

By Rachel Banner, MPH | Posted on February 6, 2018

At a time when our park and recreation budgets continue to be placed next to last in city budgets, we must champion mayors and city leaders that invest in parks and recreation.

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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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Wayfinding: Navigation and Site Planning

By Brad Done | Posted on January 30, 2018

To give visitors the best experience possible, planners have recognized the importance of implementing systems that guide visitors through parks, historic sites and urban centers in a straight-forward manner.

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How the Rise of Technology Could Help Us Reclaim Our Paradise — Episode 015

By Cort Jones | Posted on January 22, 2018

A shift in how people are getting around cities could mean a change in the future of land use in urban areas.

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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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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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Top Trends in Parks and Recreation for 2018

By Richard J. Dolesh | Posted on January 8, 2018

Part tongue-in cheek musing and part fearless prognostication, here are NRPA’s Top Trends for 2018.

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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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New National Poll Finds Widespread Opposition to NPS Fee Increases

By NRPA Public Policy Team | Posted on December 22, 2017

Results of a new poll found that 68 percent of respondents were opposed to the raise in fees.

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Congress is Heading Home for the Holidays

By NRPA Public Policy Team | Posted on December 21, 2017

After an eventful December, Congress is heading home for the holidays with plenty of work left to be done in D.C. after the New Year.

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How the Tax Reform Bill Affects Parks and Recreation

By Kevin O’Hara | Posted on December 20, 2017

For the first time since 1986 Congress has passed a significant tax reform bill (House Vote 224-201, Senate Vote 51-48) and is expected to be signed by President Trump. What does this all mean for park and recreation agencies?

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President’s Action to Revoke National Monument Status is a Bad Idea

By Richard J. Dolesh | Posted on December 14, 2017

There may be good reasons to alter the boundaries of certain national monuments, but the wholesale reductions announced for Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante are not reasonable modifications.

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9 Minutes with 9-Year-Old Kedar on How to Save Pollinators — Episode 012

By Roxanne Sutton | Posted on December 11, 2017

How a 9-year-old is saving pollinators with an app, a board game and endless enthusiasm.

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