For a mission statement to be embraced, any effective wellness program must have as its foundation a system of policies that bolster the creation of a healthy, safe and supportive learning environment.
Join us in celebrating Older Americans Month, and make the commitment to empower older adults through evidence-based programming for improved health and quality of life.
Small parks and green spaces are equally as important as large parks as public health solutions in urban communities.
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.”
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
A park and recreation professional reinvents physical education in a Utah public school.
Developing a plan to prevent and treat anaphylaxis can save lives.
As concussion awareness in youth sports and activities increases, park and recreation professionals must educate themselves and be prepared to react.
Innovators in the park and recreation industry have forged alliances to form a movement to bring parks and health together.
Park and recreation agencies help fill the gap during warmer months for kids who depend on school meals for nutrition.
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.
A fitness trail in Ocala honors a local recreation legend and provides a freely accessible opportunity for community wellness.
Disabled outdoor instructors in Minnesota show participants that handicaps don't have to limit recreation participation.
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.
Agencies can receive federal funding for providing nutritious meals to children.
How the Coca-Cola Troops for Fitness program is making a difference.
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.
HIAs can lead to better decisionmaking for park and recreation investments
Two health organizations have teamed up to reduce childhood obesity.
A new collaborative promotes walkable communities.
New signage and maps improve trail/park accessibility
How the Great Flood of 1997 helped build a wellness center
The Magic City plans for the future in their plans for developing a physically active community
Louisville Metro Parks is developing an innovative trail system that will connect parks and neighborhood to attractions throughout the city.
Results of an anti-obesity program in south Florida look promising.