Explore the Seven Dimensions of Well-Being at the NRPA Annual Conference

September 28, 2023, Department, by Cina Makres

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Community Wellness Hubs should advance health and wellness across seven interdependent and interconnected dimensions of well-being — cultural, economic, emotional, environmental, intellectual, physical and social. Learn from these seven conference sessions related to health and wellness — one for each of the seven dimensions of well-being — at the 2023 NRPA Annual Conference.


Hot Topic! Supporting Staff Well-Being

Speakers: Allison Colman and Daniel Hatcher

Join your peers and NRPA staff to discuss the well-being of staff! Learn about NRPA’s commitment to the Mental Health Excellence in the Workplace initiative, which calls for a workplace culture shift to address mental health stigma and support employee well-being, and explore making your own.


Active Parks! Increasing Physical Activity and the Use of Parks, Trails and Greenways

Speakers: Allison Colman, Kaitlin Graff and Teresa Morrissey

Access to parks and recreation increases physical activity levels while promoting other health and social benefits. The Community Preventive Services Task Force (CPSTF) recommended park, trail and greenway infrastructure interventions with additional activities to increase physical activity. Learn how NRPA, as part of the CDC’s Active People, Healthy NationSM initiative, translated this recommendation into the Active Parks! Implementation Guide with actionable steps to create equitable, healthy and active-friendly communities.


Aging Unbound: Innovative Strategies Through Parks and Recreation

Speakers: Victoria Boschert, Barbara Johnson and Tiff Cunin

Parks and recreation is vital to ensuring everyone can age without bounds! As the aging population becomes more diverse, it is important that organizations that serve older adults learn how to center equity.


Putting Equity Into Practice

Speakers: Maureen Neumann and Tiffany Young

Talking about equity in your park and recreation agency is great, but how do you operationalize this work to create systems-level change? Tiffany Young of Think Equity will walk participants through the power of putting equity into policy and practices, creating a foundational shift for local parks and recreation and the communities they serve.


Design, Evaluate, Adapt: Resources for Maximizing the Climate and Health Benefits of Parks

Speakers: Taj Schottland and Kristen Weil (Additional speakers to be added)

Representatives from Trust for Public Land and People Lab will highlight the latest science around the climate and health benefits associated with parks; showcase ParkServe’s recently updated and publicly available multi-benefit framework for identifying where parks are most needed; and discuss lessons learned from three cities where diverse partnerships are building climate-smart parks and measuring impact through replicable evaluation protocols.


Local Food Access: Justice, Wellness and Community in Parks

Speakers: j. olu baiyewu, Christian Joy, Dr. Erica Holloman-Hill and Amina Robinson

Explore unique City of Atlanta park sites and learn about organizations that steward and manage them by navigating the intersections of partnership and collaboration between community, nonprofit, private sector and municipal participants. Topics will include facilitating culturally relevant food growing and distribution practices, community engagement and education, and more.


Cultivating Young Leaders

Speakers: Cristin Chavez-Smith, Nicole Mentz and Diana Delgado

Our work cannot be done without our youth and young adult staff members, interns and volunteers. By seeing them as leaders, we can cultivate the next generation of leaders.

For a complete list of education sessions, click here.

Cina Makres is a Program Specialist at NRPA.