Celebrating How Parks and Recreation Keeps Communities Healthy and Connected — Episode 136

By Cort Jones | Posted on May 16, 2023

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We are just a few weeks away from NRPA’s Family Health & Fitness Day, which is taking place on Saturday, June 10. Family Health & Fitness Day is an annual celebration that promotes the importance of parks and recreation in keeping communities healthy.

I’m thrilled to be talking more about Family Health & Fitness Day on today’s episode, as well as all the ways parks and recreation provides accessible, close-to-home health and wellness opportunities in communities across the country.

Our guests on the show today are Cina Makres, a program specialist on NRPA’s health team, who is leading up NRPA’s Family Health & Fitness Day efforts this year, as well as Daniel Hatcher, the senior director of strategic partnerships at Alliance for a Healthier Generation.

Tune in to our full conversation below as we discuss how you can join in on the Family Health & Fitness Day celebrations in your community, as well as why parks and recreation is so well-positioned to build healthier communities.

You’ll also learn:

  • Why Family Health & Fitness Day is a great opportunity to build awareness around the health and well-being benefits of the spaces and programs your agency manages
  • Why partnerships are critical to building healthier communities and how you can leverage them on Family Health & Fitness Day
  • How you can use the Family Health & Fitness Day Toolkit to assist with your marketing and promotions efforts
  • What other resources are available (see below!) to help you communicate the importance of parks and recreation as it pertains to overall health
  • Ideas for celebrating Family Health & Fitness Day with your own family (or chosen family), and much more!

Listen to the episode for the full story.