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Ag-vocating for Parks and& Recreation in the 2018 Farm Bill

By Wes King & Reana Kovalcik | Posted on May 23, 2018

Over the last decade, U.S. park and recreation agencies have helped catapult the farm-to-fork and local food movements from niche efforts to mainstream industries.

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Infrastructure Week 410

It's Time to Build

By NRPA Public Policy Team | Posted on May 23, 2018

Infrastructure Week 2018 brought together infrastructure advocates from across the political spectrum to discuss the need for the country to address our infrastructure needs.

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Tips to Engage Older Americans in Better Nutrition and Active Living

By Ucheoma Akobundu, PhD, RD | Posted on May 17, 2018

Encourage older adults to reignite their nutrition routine by learning a new recipe, trying out new fruits and vegetables, taking a cooking class or food shopping in a new grocery store.

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National Arthritis Awareness Month: Arthritis Management through Parks and Recreation

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

Since 2013, NRPA has been working through local parks and recreation to help people with arthritis manage their symptoms and improve their quality of life.

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2018 Conference Teaser

The 2018 NRPA Annual Conference Preview

By National Recreation and Park Association | Posted on May 11, 2018

Whether you are a repeat NRPA Annual Conference attendee or a newbie, you probably want to know a little more about the event before (or after) you register. Here is a preview to help you plan.

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Fairfax County’s Spy Park Featured at New Spy Museum

By Carol Ochs | Posted on May 9, 2018

Foxes have a reputation for stealth and cunning, but for many years, a far more dangerous predator was at work in Foxstone Park in Vienna, Virginia.

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The Great NRPA Owl Rescue — Episode 019

By Cort Jones and Roxanne Sutton | Posted on May 7, 2018

The story about a baby owl who fell from its nest and, after the heroic acts of Ted Mattingly, NRPA's resident hero and Director of Facilities and Administrative Services, was returned to safety.

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Older Americans Month

Older Americans Month 2018: Engage at Every Age

By Lesha Spencer-Brown, MPH, CPH | Posted on May 1, 2018

Since 1963, Older Americans Month (OAM) has been observed to recognize older Americans and their contributions to their communities.

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Your Favorite Actors Test Their Park Knowledge

By Roxanne Sutton | Posted on April 26, 2018

In their Green Machine Challenge, ABC, Freeform, Disney Channel and Disney XD are putting your favorite actors’ park knowledge to the test.

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National Park Rx Day

Prescribing Parks for Improved Health Outcomes: National Park Rx Day 2018

By Justin Cutler | Posted on April 25, 2018

On National Park Rx Day, Sunday, April 29, communities across the country will celebrate in local and national parks with events such as Walk with a Doc, Zumba in the Park and Tai Chi to recognize the impact parks have on our health, particularly in combating preventable disease.

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5 Activities for Teaching Kids About Conservation

Five Fun Activities for Teaching Kids About Conservation

By Karen Weeks | Posted on April 25, 2018

By teaching conservation through fun, hands-on activities, parents and teachers can introduce complex concepts in age-appropriate, easy-to-understand ways.

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Park and Recreation Month Quick Start Guide

By Cort Jones | Posted on April 11, 2018

Here are five tips to get you started with Park and Recreation Month and celebrate "A Lifetime of Discovery" in July!

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What Do Dream Parks Look Like to Kids? — Episode 018

By Cort Jones | Posted on April 9, 2018

We asked kids to design their dream park at the USA Science and Engineering Festival, and you're going to want to hear about some of these creations!

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Background Check

Avoid Gaps in your Background Screening: Five Things You Need to Know

By Background Investigation Bureau | Posted on April 4, 2018

With the summer fast approaching, it's a great time to review your screening policy!

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Los Angeles County DPR

Parks and Public Health: Working Together to Advance Health and Wellness

By Clement Lau, AICP | Posted on April 2, 2018

While the field of parks and recreation is often associated with fun and games, it should also be known for how it is advancing health and wellness.

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Afterschool Meals

Afterschool Meals: A Snapshot of Participation

By Clarissa Hayes | Posted on March 30, 2018

The Afterschool Nutrition Programs connect children to the food they need while also drawing them into a safe afterschool environment where they can learn, socialize and be active.

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Omnibus Spending Bill Passes

FY18 Omnibus Spending Bill Passes

By NRPA Public Policy Team | Posted on March 23, 2018

Thanks to Congress for making local parks and recreation a priority.

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Outdoor Activities with Your Grandkids

Top Outdoor Educational Explorations to Pursue with Your Grandchildren

By Karen Weeks | Posted on March 22, 2018

Whether heading to the local park or enjoying an adventure in your own backyard, you can turn playtime into learning!

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