Health & Wellness

Celebrating Three Years of Healthy Out-of-School Time

Commit to Health is creating a healthier generation of youth through the implementation of the Healthy Eating Physical Activity standards.

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Go Healthy STL

Improving nutrition and fitness for low-income preschoolers in St. Louis.

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Working Together for a Healthier Wichita

Through partnerships and collaborations, the Health & Wellness Coalition of Wichita is working to ensure the entire community lives a healthy lifestyle.

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Setting the Table for a Successful Summer at South Burlington Recreation and Parks

South Burlington (Vermont) Recreation and Parks Department sees success in helping kids develop health eating habits using NRPA's Commit to Health program.

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Troops for Fitness Engages Military Veterans in Community Health and Wellness Programming

Some tips from park and recreation agencies that have successfully implemented Troops for Fitness programs.

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Super Summer Chefs

Grand Prairie, Texas, Parks, Arts and Recreation Department's Super Chef summer campers learned about the ingredients for a healthier lifestyle.

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Reducing Health Disparities in South Florida

Steven Marcus, Ed.D., is the recipient of the 2016 Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Award for making measurable and sustainable differences in the health of South Florida residents.

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Serving Participants with Medical Needs

Medical advances combined with a broadened definition of disability under the 2008 ADAAA has opened up the possibility of a more active lifestyle for individuals with a wider variety of medical conditions.

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Returning Youth Sports to the Kids

What park and recreation professionals can do to help stem the sharp decline in the number of youths participating in sports.

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Fracking on Parkland in Appalachia

How is fracking on or near public parklands impacting park usage?

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Communities Rallying for Health

What some Austin, Texas, communities are doing to combat high rates of obesity and diabetes.

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The Power of the Permit

Some background on the Aspen Institute’s Sport and Society Program and its Project Play initiative's recommendation to local governments to use the “Power of the Permit” to promote equitable, safe and enjoyable sports experiences for all youth, in every community.

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Benefits of an Active Pregnancy

Being physically active during pregnancy has many proven benefits for both baby and mom.

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Mind Over Disaster: Mentally Preparing for the Worst

Disaster preparedness doesn’t stop at taking care of the physical needs. Protecting your mental well-being and that of your agency patrons is also a major factor in how you “weather the storm.”

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Making Concessions for a Healthy Lifestyle

Not long ago, a healthy concession menu would have been considered an oxymoron; however, more and more park and recreation agencies are changing that perception.

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Parks and Recreation Help Step It Up!

Three of the Surgeon General’s Step It Up! walking initiative goals are particularly pertinent to the field of parks and recreation. What are the goals and how can we capitalize on this initiative?

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Creating a Healthier South Bronx

An unprecedented, multiyear project in the Motts Haven and Port Morris neighborhoods of the South Bronx will provide a measureable approach to demonstrating the effect of open space on quality of life.

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Future Trends in Health and Wellness

NRPA has been tracking four significant trends we believe will shape the future of health and wellness for parks and recreation. Learn what you need to do now to begin planning for the future needs of your communities. 

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Access to Sports Is Access to Health

 Youth sports serve as a venue to introduce a variety of healthy behaviors in youth — parks and recreation provides some of the most well-used and robust sports programs on offer today. 

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Safe Routes to Parks

When citizens have the resources to safely walk to parks, every trip taken by foot is an opportunity to engage in physical activity. 

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Parks: Improving Mental Health and Well-Being

Being healthy isn't just about physical fitness — we also need to consider the mental components of health and wellness.

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Solving Summer Hunger

Summer hunger for low-income children is a solvable problem, and park and recreation professionals are uniquely positioned to help.

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Beating the Social Stigmas of Aging

Senior athletes and students join forces in community health partnership.

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Smoke-Free Parks: A Win-Win for Everyone

A groundbreaking smoke-free park policy in Texas addresses the new, and harmful, trend of e-cigarettes and secondhand smoke.

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Changing Reality

A park and recreation professional reinvents physical education in a Utah public school.

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It’s Time to ‘Get Schooled in Anaphylaxis’

 Developing a plan to prevent and treat anaphylaxis can save lives. 

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Parks and Recreation’s Role in the Concussion Campaign

As concussion awareness in youth sports and activities increases, park and recreation professionals must educate themselves and be prepared to react.

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Park Prescriptions in Practice

Innovators in the park and recreation industry have forged alliances to form a movement to bring parks and health together.

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Summer Feeding Fun in the Sun

Park and recreation agencies help fill the gap during warmer months for kids who depend on school meals for nutrition.

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Promoting Healthy Lifestyle Choices for Citizens with Disabilities

Parks and recreation in Utah’s Salt Lake County have developed an inclusive buddy pass system to promote active participation among community members with disabilities.

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Taking Strides for Fitness in Florida

A fitness trail in Ocala honors a local recreation legend and provides a freely accessible opportunity for community wellness.

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Minnesota’s Three Rivers Park District Paves the Way for Local Adapted Outdoor Recreation

Disabled outdoor instructors in Minnesota show participants that handicaps don't have to limit recreation participation.

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Exercise, Fibromyalgia Syndrome and Implications for Community Recreation Professionals

As incidence of fibromyalgia syndrome rises, recreation professionals need to brush up on how to best serve those in their communities who wish to participate in fitness and recreation programs.

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County of San Diego Breaks Barriers to Recreation for Obese Youth

Through the Rec Rx initiative, the County hoped to help more children attain their fitness goals and adopt lifelong healthy behaviors.

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Bringing Nutrition Programs to Parks

Agencies can receive federal funding for providing nutritious meals to children.

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Empowering Veterans to Improve Community Health

How the Coca-Cola Troops for Fitness program is making a difference.

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Let’s Move! Cities, Towns and Counties

Park and recreation agencies across the country take part in Michelle Obama's Let's Move! initiative to increase physical activity and reduce childhood obesity.

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What is Your Health Impact Assessment?

HIAs can lead to better decisionmaking for park and recreation investments

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Voices for Healthy Kids

Two health organizations have teamed up to reduce childhood obesity.

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Obesity Prevention for Youth and Special Populations

 A Kansas agency provides kids with fun, lasting lessons on nutrition. 

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Walk Your Way to Good Health

A new collaborative promotes walkable communities.

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Trail Improvements in the Mid-Ohio Valley

New signage and maps improve trail/park accessibility

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Out of Tragedy Comes Opportunity

How the Great Flood of 1997 helped build a wellness center

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Miami Takes the Long-Range View

The Magic City plans for the future in their plans for developing a physically active community

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Sign and Wayfinding Project Connects the Louisville Community with Its Public Trails

Louisville Metro Parks is developing an innovative trail system that will connect parks and neighborhood to attractions throughout the city.

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Slimmer in Miami

Results of an anti-obesity program in south Florida look promising.

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