A lack of vacant land is forcing L.A. County agencies to seek innovative solutions and creative partnerships to meet the needs of their communities, especially underserved communities.
Parks and recreation can be more intentional in its efforts to improve quality of life.
Climate change is impacting communities at the local level. Parks are the solution.
A CDC initiative strives to help 27 million Americans become more physically active by 2027.
NRPA staff members interview park and recreation agencies on the benefits of prioritizing employee health and wellness.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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