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Free Food Program is Eradicating Health Disparities

By Dr. Mary Roach | Posted on December 3, 2019

Inside the Bald Eagle Recreation Center, located in Ward 8 of the nation’s capital, is where community members in the JJ Center Food Pantry shoppers program are taught that food can have positive health benefits. By using food as their medicine along with their doctors’ orders, it has been proven to reduce health disparities and achieve health equality.

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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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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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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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Community Efforts to Connect People Safely to Parks and More

By Philip Vitale, Katrina Ortiz, Kate Robinson, Fernando Pujals | Posted on August 21, 2017

San Francisco recently commemorated the great success of being the first city in the nation where every resident lives within a 10-minute walk to a park. It is, indeed, a great feat worth celebrating. But not every 10-minute walk is the same.

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Jacksonville’s Oldest Public Park Gets a New Facelift During a Collaborative Beautification Project

By Damien Lamar Robinson | Posted on August 1, 2017

Friends of Hemming Park, a nonprofit organization was contracted by the City of Jacksonville in 2014 to manage Jacksonville’s oldest public park. Since our inception, we implemented placemaking projects and brought regular amenities and programming to the park. Although great things have happened in Hemming Park, the park has also had some recent challenges.

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A Proper Oregon Welcome

By Kate Willson | Posted on June 15, 2016

Elected officials and community leaders gathered a few weeks ago in a warm spring rain to celebrate Oregon’s immigrant cultures and welcome new refugee families. “Can you imagine what it means to leave your homes, schools, jobs, pets and loved lands without your fault?” asked Som Nath Subedi, Program coordinator for Parks for New Portlanders, which hosted the event at Bloomington Park.

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Community Engagement through Summer Feeding Programs

By Jamie Bumia | Posted on June 9, 2016

The City of Fontana and the Fontana Unified School District has created opportunities for stakeholders in the community to collaborate to improve community services. One success story is being able to provide summer meals to youth (through the Summer Food Service Program) while being able to create and provide recreational opportunities that unite parties together.

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Parks for New Portlanders Welcomes Immigrants and Refugees to Community

By Mattie Courtright | Posted on February 16, 2016

According to a recent report by the City Budget Office, roughly 15% of Portlanders were born in countries other than the United States– that puts the Rose City right in line with about 50 other large U.S. cities. Unfortunately, for many of our newest Portland citizens, parks and community centers are literally a foreign concept. That is where one of Portland Parks & Recreation (PP&R)’s newest programs, Parks for New Portlanders, steps up to welcome immigrant and refugee families into our public park spaces and programs.

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Striking Out Skin Cancer in Palm Beach County

By Chris Korbelak | Posted on January 28, 2016

On Saturday, January 16, Baseball Hall of Fame member Mike Schmidt and the Richard David Kann Melanoma Foundation, in partnership with the Palm Beach County Parks and Recreation Department, unveiled Palm Beach County’s first BrightGuard™ Sunscreen Dispenser at the South Florida Fair and encouraged fairgoers to protect themselves from the sun's harmful UV rays.

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Gwinnett County's Out-of-School Time Thrives Through Collaboration

By Lindsey Jorstad, Emily Wood | Posted on December 16, 2015

In 2014, Gwinnett County Parks and Recreation (GCPR) received the Commit to Health Out-of-School Time Grant from the Walmart Foundation and the National Recreation and Park Association. Funds allowed GCPR to introduce a new set of program tools to our summer camps along with the establishment of new community partners.

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Planning for Parks and Walkability in Small Towns

By National Physical Activity Society | Posted on November 23, 2015

Stories from Small Towns is a project of the National Physical Activity Society. The objective of the project is to demonstrate that structural changes to make walking easier can be carried out in America’s thousands of small towns and not just its big cities. The project focuses on advice from towns that have made some changes, with the aim of inspiring town leaders across the country to see such infrastructure as possible and worthy. The following are stories from small towns that have focused on parks as a key to walkability.

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The Imagination Bus Brings Art to Lane County

By Dale Weigandt | Posted on November 19, 2015

Representatives from Imagination International, Inc., the River Road Park District, and Lane Transit District, along with local elementary school students gathered at Emerald Park in Eugene for the official dedication ceremony for the River Road Park Imagination Bus, or "Artie" as it has been affectionately dubbed.

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Partnering for Veterans Health

By John R. Sefton, Jr. | Posted on August 25, 2015

Launching in December 2013, West Valley Veterans were invited to participate in a new fitness program for veterans recovering from physical injuries and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). The fitness program called ‘ActiVet’ is held at the Rio Vista Recreation Center in Peoria, Arizona.

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Making a Splash in Schools

By Tara Eggleston | Posted on August 25, 2015

The USA Swimming Foundation conducted a survey and found that a large percentage of minorities had low rates of swimming ability. In Prince George’s County located in Maryland, the staff at Maryland National Capital Park and Planning Commission found this to be true in their highly diverse community. MNCPP staff developed a pilot program in partnership with Prince George’s County Schools aimed at teaching minority children about the basics of swimming as well as water hazards.

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Portland's Soccer World Cup: More than just a Sport

By Som Nath Subedi | Posted on March 23, 2015

The Portland Park and Recreation Department’s World Cup Soccer Tournament has been in existence since 2010 and is a dream realized about the city of Portland. It sends a message about the changing demographics of the city as well as the future of America. The tournament brings together youth, parents and communities to celebrate cultural traditions and diversity, gain access to city resources, and open the door for dialogue between the Portland Community and the City of Portland.

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On the HEALS of Change

By Brian Kates | Posted on January 8, 2015

An initiative of LIveWell Colorado, the HEAL Cities & Towns Campaign has been successful in supporting local governments to develop and implement policies that support what essentially the NRPA Out of School Time grant seeks to support across the continuum of health.

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Syracuse Creates Partnerships to Support Health and Wellness

By National Recreation and Park Association | Posted on January 8, 2015

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.

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