The City of Syracuse Department of Parks and Recreation was one of 50 agencies to receive an NRPA and the Walmart Foundation’s Out-of-School Time Programs grants last year. Syracuse was able to use the funding to support programming by building partnerships within the community aimed at engaging more children and families as well as encouraging the adoption of healthy eating and physical activity (HEPA) standards within their program sites.
When Chicago Park District (CPD) representatives decided to transform their vending machines to offer healthier snack options, they worried that sales would decline after the initial switch. Little did they know that revenues would triple within 13 months.
A large collaborative in Fort Collins, Colorado is poised to change health through research-based models for nutrition education, health promotion, and healthy vending. The Coalition for Activity & Nutrition to Defeat Obesity (CanDo) includes a large local hospital system, the Recreation Department for the City of Fort Collins, community members, and a local Food Environment Task Force.
As part of the Consortium for a Healthier Miami-Dade, the Miami-Dade Parks, Recreation and Open Spaces Department is striving to decrease rates of chronic disease and obesity in the county. With the understanding that food options in parks can be just as important as access, Miami-Dade has implemented a healthy vending policy to encourage both physical activity and healthy diets among the city’s residents.
A partnership in O’Fallon, Missouri wanted to address growing rates of childhood obesity among their population. Childhood obesity has numerous causes and groups with the best of intentions can get bogged down in the details: Do we build open spaces or change vending machine options? Do we improve school lunches or implement a smoking ban at local parks?