Transforming small, underutilized areas into mini-soccer pitches, the U.S. Soccer Foundation is serving communities that lack large open spaces and funding to build full-sized fields.
Local groups in two communities were given financial and technical support to work with artists to change their approach to building and managing parks for their communities.
There is an opportunity to be more thoughtful about the role parks can play in promoting health equity for all.
Local park and recreation agencies are a critical component of promoting equitable health outcomes in any community, but they may fill an even larger role in rural areas.
The opportunity to provide access to healthy, fresh and local fruits and vegetables in your community park.
Given that children are key park users we must be creative in how we engage them in the planning process.
Read updates from the first 12 cities to participate in technical assistance for the 10-Minute Walk campaign and see why nearly 200 mayors have signed on to improving park access and quality in their cities.
As the creators of park experiences, how can we better engage with children and families and encourage greater use when designing paths and trails? For the second year, NRPA and Disney issued that challenge to park and recreation agencies across the country.
The concept of “Play Streets” has emerged as a way to promote outdoor play and physical activity for children in neighborhoods without access to safe, well-maintained parks and playgrounds.
Park Prescription or “Park Rx” programs are gaining in popularity and helping to motivate people to be active in our parks. These programs encourage physicians to “prescribe” physical activity in park settings to their patients.
After reading through the Affordable Care Act, Nicholas Mukhtar created Healthy Detroit, dedicated to improving health equity in Detroit.
To combat food insecurity among older Americans, local park and recreation agencies across the country have been offering a range of older adult nutrition programs.
Creative placemaking in parks for healthy communities.
Physical activity provides many health and fitness benefits, such as improved body composition, aerobic and muscular fitness, balance and flexibility, which can contribute to military readiness.
NRPA is proud to announce that the winner of the 2017 RWJF Award for Health Equity is Patti Solano, superintendent of community services at the City of Riverside Parks, Recreation, and Community Services Department (PRCSD).
Measuring walking access to parks is a good starting point to link parks with public health goals.
Gardens can be used to foster a love and appreciation of nature. They can bridge connections to other cultures and provide opportunities for social engagement.
In neighborhoods where activities for youth are lacking, mobile programs step in to fill a significant void.
Commit to Health is creating a healthier generation of youth through the implementation of the Healthy Eating Physical Activity standards.
Improving nutrition and fitness for low-income preschoolers in St. Louis.
Through partnerships and collaborations, the Health & Wellness Coalition of Wichita is working to ensure the entire community lives a healthy lifestyle.
South Burlington (Vermont) Recreation and Parks Department sees success in helping kids develop health eating habits using NRPA's Commit to Health program.
Some tips from park and recreation agencies that have successfully implemented Troops for Fitness programs.
Grand Prairie, Texas, Parks, Arts and Recreation Department's Super Chef summer campers learned about the ingredients for a healthier lifestyle.
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.
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.
What park and recreation professionals can do to help stem the sharp decline in the number of youths participating in sports.
Best practices to reducing food waste.
Seven easy programs to get youth and families outdoors this spring.
How is fracking on or near public parklands impacting park usage?
What some Austin, Texas, communities are doing to combat high rates of obesity and diabetes.
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.
Being physically active during pregnancy has many proven benefits for both baby and mom.
When citizens have the resources to safely walk to parks, every trip taken by foot is an opportunity to engage in physical activity.
Being healthy isn't just about physical fitness — we also need to consider the mental components of health and wellness.
Summer hunger for low-income children is a solvable problem, and park and recreation professionals are uniquely positioned to help.
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Senior athletes and students join forces in community health partnership.
A groundbreaking smoke-free park policy in Texas addresses the new, and harmful, trend of e-cigarettes and secondhand smoke.
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.
Through the Rec Rx initiative, the County hoped to help more children attain their fitness goals and adopt lifelong healthy behaviors.
Agencies can receive federal funding for providing nutritious meals to children.
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.
A Kansas agency provides kids with fun, lasting lessons on nutrition.
Results of an anti-obesity program in south Florida look promising.