Keeping Up with Public Health
NRPA’s director of health initiatives shares the association’s perspective on the role that park and recreation departments play in community health and the bright outlook for the future.
Setting the Standard
NRPA's new Commit to Health initiative and allied programs provide guidelines for healthy out-of-school time.
Making Places for Play
Researchers and health advocates work to identify and eliminate play deserts and promote active lifestyles.
Collaborating for Health
CPRA keeps Coloradans active, healthy and fit with strategic partnerships.
Body Building
Backed by hard data, public health advocates are rethinking the design of parks, buildings and cities to encourage exercise and wellness.
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Features

Collaborating for Health

April 2014 issue, By Jo Burns, MS, CTRS

CPRA keeps Coloradans active, healthy and fit with strategic partnerships.

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Keeping Up With Public Health

April 2014 issue, By Zarnaaz Bashir, MPH

NRPA’s director of health initiatives shares the association’s perspective on the role that park and recreation departments play in community health and the bright outlook for the future.

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Making Places for Play

April 2014 issue, By Samantha Bartram

Researchers and health advocates work to identify and eliminate play deserts and promote active lifestyles.

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Setting The Standard

April 2014 issue, By Maureen Hannan

NRPA’s new Commit to Health initiative and allied programs provide guidelines for healthy out-of-school time.

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Departments & Columns

Perspectives

Anecdotal Influence

April 2014 issue, By Robert F. Ashcraft, Ph.D.

NRPA’s chair of the board of directors highlights the power of stories from our park and recreation departments as the catalysts for future progress in the field.

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Publisher's Letter

Progress in the Face of Chaos

April 2014 issue, By Gina Mullins-Cohen

Parks & Recreation Magazine’s publisher discusses the health impacts of overly busy lifestyles and introduces articles in this month’s Health and Wellness issue that cover health advancements for the field of parks and recreation.

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Letters

Letters

April 2014 issue

 Let us know what you think about what you read each month in Parks & Recreation Magazine! 

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Front Page » Briefly Noted

Briefly Noted

April 2014 issue, By Samantha Bartram

Check out the latest news from around the field.

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Front Page » Play60 KidZone

Touchdown for Active Kids

April 2014 issue, By Samantha Bartram

NFL initiative brings exciting KidZone play space to Charlotte.

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People for Parks

Meet the Mayor: Jacksonville, Florida’s Alvin Brown

April 2014 issue, By Danielle Taylor

Parks & Recreation Magazine catches up with Jacksonville, Florida, Mayor Alvin Brown, who highlights kayaking and other forms of outdoor recreation as significant priorities for his administration.

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Member to Member

Walk or Ride, Get Moving San Antonio

April 2014 issue, By Lyn Kinton and Kelly Irvin

San Antonio Parks and Recreation Department encourages people to get active and get fit.

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Advocacy

Ensuring Opportunities for All in Park Programs

April 2014 issue, By Jayne Greenberg, Ph.D.

Park and recreation professionals may be interested in participating in the President’s Council on Fitness, sports and Nutrition’s “I Can Do It, You Can Do It!” program for individuals with disabilities.

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Law Review

Park Administrations Back Disability ADA Claims

April 2014 issue, By James C. Kozlowski, J.D., Ph.D.

When employees are unable to perform to their previous levels of ability due to injury, do their employers have a case for dismissal?

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Conservation

Polar Vortex Chills Parks

April 2014 issue, By Richard J. Dolesh

This winter’s extreme weather brought both positives and negatives to park agencies nationwide.

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Social Equity

Evaluating Park Access and Equity to Promote Physical Activity and Public Health

April 2014 issue, By Andrew Kaczynski, Ph.D., and Morgan Hughey, MPH

A leading researcher in parks and recreation shares his health findings based on a study on park access in South Carolina.

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Managing Management

Caring, Compliance and Confidentiality

April 2014 issue, By Lauren Yost

What supervisors don’t know about FMLA can burn them.

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Future Leaders

Education, Preparation, Vocation (Part Two)

April 2014 issue, By Anna Pechenik Mausolf, CPRP

Recreation undergraduate student clubs are invaluable to future professionals in the field of parks and recreation. Here are some proven ways to successfully recruit participants.

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NRPA Update » Campout

Sleep Under the Stars for the Great American Backyard Campout: June 28

April 2014 issue, By Christina Batcheler

NWF’s signature nationwide event encourages people to reconnect with nature.

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NRPA Update » Kids to Parks Day

Save the Date for Kids to Parks Day: May 17

April 2014 issue, By Jessica Culverhouse

Start planning now for Kids to Parks Day on May 17!

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NRPA Update » Learning

Test Your Park and Recreation Knowledge

April 2014 issue

Are you ready for the CPRP exam?

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NRPA Update » Member Spotlight

Member Spotlight: Sheema Hai

April 2014 issue, By Samantha Bartram

NRPA member Sheema Hai takes on the challenge of connecting the Muslim community with park and recreation opportunities nationwide.

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NRPA Update » NRPA Slim Down

New Year, New You Challenge

April 2014 issue, By Martin Dease

Thirty-one NRPA employees took the challenge to slim down and dpot healthier lifestyles this spring. The result? 271.5 pounds lost.

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NRPA Update » NRPA's Earth Week

NRPA Staff Plan Earth Week

April 2014 issue, By Danielle Taylor

NRPA’s newly formed Green Team has planned an exciting week of events for Earth Day to encourage staff to take the extra step in terms of conservation.

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NRPA Update » Professional Development

Professional Development Planner

April 2014 issue

NRPA is dedicated to providing learning opportunities to advance the development of best practices and resources that make parks and recreation indispensable elements of American communities.

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NRPA Update » PRORAGIS Q&A

PRORAGIS Q&A: Travis Smith

April 2014 issue

NRPA’s Research Director, Travis Smith, Ph.D., shares his insights about how PRORAGIS has overcome its initial challenges, what you should know and what lies ahead for the trailblazing database.

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NRPA Update » Staff Spotlight

Staff Spotlight: Sage Learn

April 2014 issue, By Danielle Taylor

Sage Learn, NRPA’s government affairs manager, advocates every week on Capitol Hill on behalf of parks and recreation.

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NRPA Update » Volunteer

Volunteer Opportunities With NRPA

April 2014 issue, By Molly Andrews

Get involved in your national association and make the most of your membership.

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Operations » Park Design

Body Building

April 2014 issue, By Kevan Williams

Backed by hard data, public health advocates are rethinking the design of parks, buildings and cities to encourage exercise and wellness.

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Operations » Sweet Shelters

The Value of Pavilions

April 2014 issue, By William Burt

A well-designed, well-placed pavilion can greatly enhance a park’s outdoor amenities.

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By the Numbers

Walk On

April 2014 issue, By Samantha Bartram

Statistics from America Walks show the state of walking for exercise in America today.

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Park Bench

Guts and Glory

April 2014 issue, By Samantha Bartram

Delaware Seashore State Park combines recreation and healthy eating with its Gilled to Grilled program.

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