By preparing for natural disasters and severe weather, park and recreation professionals promote community resilience and well-being.
The Whitesburg Wellness Hub helped provide relief for flood victims in eastern Kentucky.
All patrons of inside aquatics environments have the right to feel safe and welcomed, and to experience a sense of belonging in any public space.
Here are strategies to increase the use of parks, trails and greenways for physical activity.
In 2016, Carter County Drug Prevention in Tennessee began working to change staff culture around those impacted by substance use disorder.
Today, there are a lot of equity-enhancing resources available for parks and recreation.
Understand how and why you should change your approach to recreational programming.
By building community, Black participants can feel a sense of safety and connectedness to an activity or facility, and will be more inclined to continue to utilize the service and introduce it to others.
Program evaluation provides managers, staff and the community an opportunity to better understand current programs and to identify opportunities for improvement.
Learn how park and recreation agencies can emphasize mental well-being.
As the aging population becomes more diverse, it's important that park and recreation agencies learn more about centering equity in the delivery of services, programs, facilities and operations.
While more than 11,000 U.S. senior centers serve 1 million older adults per day, little is known about who attends and why.
Farmers markets are a key part of the impact parks and recreation has on community health and well-being.
These trainings allow people to deepen their understanding of LGBTQ+ issues and give them tools to foster more inclusive spaces.
Starting a wellness movement at work not only supports the mental and physical health of staff, but also creates an opportunity to work together as a community.
Writer and speaker Mirna Valerio encourages people to live their lives to the fullest via outdoor experiences in whatever spaces and ways they enjoy most.
To determine what “healthy” means for our communities, we must ask our community members.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, building resilience requires safe, stable and nurturing relationships and environments.
As community-based providers of social-emotional development services for youth, local park and recreation professionals also function as mentors and role models.
NRPA supports park and recreation professionals in implementing evidence-based physical activity programs to enhance the quality of life for 54.5 million U.S. adults with arthritis.
The park and recreation profession has proven time and again that it is committed to promoting and protecting health and wellness where people live, learn, work and play.
Youth who engage in sports not only grow up more physically active but also gain mental and social health benefits that follow them into adulthood.
The benefits of intergenerational programs during COVID-19 and beyond.
Understand how park and recreation agencies can enhance services by working smarter with libraries.
The movement toward inclusive health can start small and grow from simple conversations with people with intellectual disabilities (ID) in your community.
NRPA’s objective is to create a future where all people have access to the benefits of quality parks and recreation.
With more and more restrictions due to the pandemic and no clear end in sight, it’s no surprise that mental health has become a large focus.
Here are a few self-reflection questions and conversation starters for you and your team to explore during the holiday season.
Local park and recreation staff have risen to the challenge to support communities through virtual programming to let them know that parks and recreation is still a go-to resource for staying healthy, happy and connected.
Park and recreation programs have played a historic role in our country’s struggle toward social equality and civil rights.
Taking a closer look at the comprehensive response to substance use disorder, which is a public health crisis for park and recreation professionals.
Mobile recreation may be an appropriate strategy to meet the urgent need for additional recreational opportunities in underserved areas.
It is more crucial than ever before that we help older adults maintain a healthy lifestyle.
To address the potential health threat posed by glyphosate, many agencies, like Seattle P&R, are reducing or eliminating their use of glyphosate products to ensure everyone has access to safe and healthy spaces.
Find out how active play can lead to positive health outcomes for children.
Spending time in the great outdoors may have a positive impact on your overall health, including your heart and brain.
Pairing fresh, local produce with healthy meals is the perfect connection to strengthen the bonds between the community and the local agriculture system.
Get to the heart of what “social determinants of health” really means, and what role parks and recreation can play.
Local park and recreation agencies are uniquely positioned to serve as health and wellness hubs in communities across the country.
This NRPA program has already reached 1.7 million people in the two years since its launch, surpassing the original goal of 1 million!
Today’s senior centers are being reinvented to meet the changing and diverse needs of a rapidly growing aging population.
Read about the grant, made possible by the Target Corporation, which provides funds to transform local parks to improve access to physical activity, social connection and create more resilient communities for low-income youth and families.
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.