Health and Wellness

Farmers Markets

The opportunity to provide access to healthy, fresh and local fruits and vegetables in your community park.

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Engaging Children in the Park Planning Process

Given that children are key park users we must be creative in how we engage them in the planning process.

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10-Minute Walk Campaign: Celebrating Mayors and Cities Leading the Way

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.

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Pathways to Play

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.

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Promoting Physical Activity with Temporary Street Closures

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.

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Developing a Park Prescription Program for Your Community

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.

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Healthy Detroit: Building a Culture of Primary Prevention

After reading through the Affordable Care Act, Nicholas Mukhtar created Healthy Detroit, dedicated to improving health equity in Detroit.

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Healthy Eating for Healthy Aging!

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.

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The Culture of Health

Creative placemaking in parks for healthy communities.

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Improving Military Readiness Through Physical Activity

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.

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Health Equity: Leading Through Programs, Environmental Changes and Policies

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).

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Creating Safe Routes to Parks

Measuring walking access to parks is a good starting point to link parks with public health goals.

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Community and Home Gardening Develop Lifelong Healthy Habits

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.

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Mobile Recreation Programs

In neighborhoods where activities for youth are lacking, mobile programs step in to fill a significant void.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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Obesity Prevention for Youth and Special Populations

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

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