Health and Wellness

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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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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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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