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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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Solving Transportation Barriers to Increase Access to Meals

By National Recreation and Park Association | Posted on January 4, 2019

So often, children lack a safe way to physically get to a summer recreation site, where they can eat healthy meals, participate in physical activity, and engage in social and emotional connections with their peers.

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Chanute is Thankful for Foods of the Month

By Julie Aikens | Posted on November 19, 2018

2018 Healthy Out-of-School Time grantee agency Chanute Recreation Commission in Chanute, Kansas, recently decided to get in the holiday spirit by cooking up a Thanksgiving-inspired meal using only Foods of the Month during their afterschool program.

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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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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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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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Who Knew Lentil Tacos Would Be Such A Hit?

By Camille Stock | Posted on February 13, 2017

A nutrition coordinator for a summer program helped provide six weeks of nutrition literacy as part of the 2016 Out-of-School Time Programs Grant from NRPA and the Walmart Foundation. Each week, the coordinator visited 8 playgrounds and recreation centers and engaged hundreds of children in learning about the importance of healthy eating.

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From Rubble to Radishes

By Brittany Quale | Posted on December 20, 2016

It’s hard to imagine that in nine months’ time, a vacant lot in the Dutch Kills area of Queens was transformed into a lively community garden to enjoy nature, promote healthy living, and engage local youth. Soon after being licensed and registered as a GreenThumb community garden, Windmill Community Garden’s development was set into high-gear with the help of the 2016 Disney Parks Build Community program.

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Garden Prayers are Answered in Quincy, IL

By Cheryl Williams | Posted on September 8, 2016

"Please send me kids that can share my garden with the community," prayed Dana Caley as she stood on the soil that had previously not been successful as a community garden. Quincy Teen REACH was the answer to her prayer--a partnership which resulted in at-risk kids becoming gardeners and Dana's harvest being more than vegetables.

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Commit to Health with Little Rock Parks & Recreation

By Lauren Clark | Posted on August 17, 2016

Bounce houses and balloon animals. Popcorn and painted faces. While this fair offered the traditional activities anyone would expect, what made our first Commit to Health Fair extra special was all the OTHER options available to the guests. The focus on healthy choices and physical activity was clear from the moment the doors opened until the last guest left.

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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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Baltimore City Works to Give Youth 5 Years Back

By National Recreation and Park Association | Posted on March 22, 2016

You may have seen the popular YouTube video, 5 Extra Years, trending the past few years. If not, take a few minutes to watch. What’s the message behind this video? It’s simple and it’s brutally honest-- this might be the first generation of children to live shorter lives than their parents. Why? Childhood obesity.

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Inspiring Family Involvement at SEASPAR

By Daniel Hatcher | Posted on January 7, 2016

Recreation agencies play an important role in creating healthy communities. As part of our Commit to Health partnership, my colleagues and I regularly lead workshops for park and recreation staff across the country. Today, I am excited to share an interview with Dawn K., program manager of SEASPAR - Special Parks and Recreation.

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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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Indianapolis Expands Child Nutrition Programs

By National Recreation and Park Association | Posted on July 17, 2015

USDA’s Child Nutrition Programs provide healthy and nutritious food to children at need in an effort to fight hunger and reduce child obesity across the country. In addition to providing educational and recreational programming for youth, local park and recreation departments are also the largest providers of these meals programs during out-of-school times (summer and before and after school).

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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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An Orange is the New Orange

By Brian Kates | Posted on January 8, 2015

She lived in the middle of a food desert, without access to quality nutrition and with little supervision available at times when she wanted to play outside. Having just finished kindergarten, life in some ways already seemed futile for Ms. Lilly, whose neon orange-colored fingers were noticeable to many within her inner circle.

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