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.
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.
For a mission statement to be embraced, any effective wellness program must have as its foundation a system of policies that bolster the creation of a healthy, safe and supportive learning environment.
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.