Placentia CA 410

Shaking Things Up and Changing Lifestyles in Placentia

By Jocelyn Garcia and Vinnie Villapando | Posted on August 31, 2018

Placentia, California, may be known for its quiet neighborhoods, but Placentia Senior Center is shaking things up thanks to two new fun and effective evidence-based physical activity programs: Walk With Ease and Active Living Every Day.

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Active Living Every Day at the Santa Clara Senior Center

By Wendy Talbert | Posted on August 6, 2018

The Santa Clara Senior Center overcame barriers to healthy living in seniors by offering a wide range of health and wellness programs for older adults to stay active, while also filling a gap in programming.

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Mooresville NC 410

Getting Fit & Strong! With Mooresville Parks and Recreation

By Barbara Johnson | Posted on June 18, 2018

The Mooresville Parks and Recreation Department changed the narrative that chronic pain is a part of aging by partnering with a local senior center to help build strong, healthy and happy older adults through the Fit & Strong! program.

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Carlsbad CA 410

City of Carlsbad Dances the Night Away at “Senior” Prom

By Mike Pacheco | Posted on June 5, 2018

Older adults in the City of Carlsbad had the opportunity to relive or experience their high school senior prom for the first time, complete with live music, refreshments, dance contests, and lasting memories.

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Newport OR 410

Improving the Lives of Older Adults with Arthritis and Chronic Pain

By Peggy O’Callaghan | Posted on May 11, 2018

In the state of Oregon, 27 percent of adults 18 years and older have arthritis and suffer from chronic joint pain, stiffness and swelling. For these residents living with arthritis and chronic pain in Newport, OR, the Newport 60+ Activity Center is providing a physical activity program, Walk With Ease, proven to reduce the pain associated with arthritis.

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ElPaso TX 410

Smoke-Free Parks – A Win/Win for Everyone

By Tracy Novak | Posted on May 3, 2018

Beginning in 2015, thanks to an updated ordinance passed by the El Paso City Council, no smoking of any kind was allowed in city parks. The Parks and Recreation Department posted no-smoking signs at every park and provided training for Parks and Recreation Department employees. Most smoke free ordinances are self-enforcing once the public is aware of the law.

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Goodyear AZ 410

A Healthier Generation of Older Adults for the City of Goodyear

By Richard Ortiz | Posted on April 9, 2018

Goodyear recently welcomed a new evidence-based physical activity program, Walk With Ease, which has been a huge success. The program has helped to improve overall physical activity engagement among all the participants, which in turn has resulted in observable improvements in physical function as well as social and mental health benefits.

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Windsor CO 410

Lights, Camera, Action: Town of Windsor Partners with Schools on Video Project

By Katie VanMeter | Posted on April 4, 2018

Looking for ways to engage the community and reinvigorate a stagnate government broadcast channel, Town of Windsor Communications staff began to look beyond its walls for new ideas and new partners.

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Fresno CA 410

Fresno PARCS Empowers Seniors to Walk and Improve Their Health

By Irma Yépez-Pérez | Posted on March 14, 2018

Fresno older adults recognize the importance of staying active! Together they improved their health by walking one-hour, three times a week for six weeks through the Walk With Ease program.

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BREC LA 410

BREC Hosts Commit to Health Showcase

By Diane Drake | Posted on March 8, 2018

BREC, in the East Baton Rouge Parish of Louisiana, held their free Commit to Health Showcase on January 11 at the Gus Young Recreation Center. Just over 60 adults and 50 children braved the rainy weather to participate in a host of fun games, food sampling, resource vendors, and win lots of prizes.

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Innovative System Heats Things up in Bismarck

By Randy Bina, CPRE | Posted on March 1, 2018

Bismarck Parks and Recreation District (BPRD) opened the BSC Aquatic & Wellness Center (AWC) in 2010. Both the local swim club and the business community got behind a successful capital campaign to raise the necessary private funds, which BPRD augmented to create one of the state’s premier aquatic facilities.

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Montgomery County MD 410

Tips from Montgomery County Recreation's Healthy Holiday Celebration

By Tiffany Nelson | Posted on February 7, 2018

The “Excel Beyond the Bell Healthy Holiday Celebration” focused on healthy eating, physical activity, and community engagement. The event, held Tuesday Jan. 9 at Roberto Clemente Middle School in Montgomery County, Maryland, served over 100 students and 35 adult guests, including parents, school personnel and recreation professionals.

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OH West Fork Playground 410

West Fork Park Playground Invites Everyone to Play

By Tina Stanton-Chapman, Ph.D. | Posted on January 22, 2018

In 2017, Green Township, Ohio issued a request for proposals to create an accessible and stimulating playground at West Fork Park. The end result was a playground that was appropriate for all ages and abilities and included eight play zones.

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2017 Commit to Health Healthy Out of School Time Grantees Share Their Successes

By National Recreation and Park Association | Posted on January 10, 2018

In 2017, 41 local park and recreation agencies received grant funding from NRPA, with support from the Walmart Foundation, to implement the Commit to Health program in their out-of-school time programs. Agencies have shared inspiring stories of kids excited to try new fruits and vegetables, thanks to the Foods of the Month curriculum, and who are energized by increased physical activity opportunities.

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Partnerships Create New Recreation Space in Spartanburg

By Laura Ringo | Posted on December 6, 2017

One of Spartanburg's most popular recreation and physical activity destinations is the Mary Black Foundation Rail Trail. This two-mile rail-to-trail conversion is a wheelchair accessible recreation and activity hub that parallels two major roads and connects many neighborhoods to downtown Spartanburg, South Carolina.

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Lakewood CO Parks for All 410 NEW

Lakewood, Colorado, Commits to Park and Play for All!

By Jayna Lang | Posted on November 7, 2017

Carmody Park is an incredibly special place, because it is Lakewood’s first universal playground, offering kids of all ages and abilities the chance to play, without limits, alongside each other.

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Partnering Up to Map Park Walkability, Connectivity and Safety

Posted on October 9, 2017

Using CDC’s park access measures, Five Rivers MetroParks of Dayton, Ohio evaluated access to its Five Rivers MetroParks for residents within a half mile radius of the parks. This method included looking at proximity to parks, walking access to parks, and park connectivity.

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Marylanders and the Fight Against Arthritis

Posted on September 19, 2017

In an effort to empower residents to take an active role in their health and wellness, the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission (M-NCPPC), Department of Parks and Recreation in Prince George’s County is now offering the Walk With Ease program.

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