Parks Rx
The practice of prescribing a walk in the park to treat a variety of ailments is gaining momentum, as parks, recreation and public health providers find common ground.
Safe Routes to Parks
NRPA and its partners are continuing to work for equitable access to parks and open green spaces.
Commit to Health Impact
NRPA's Commit to Health initiative helps cultivate healthy behaviors during out-of-school time.
Community Wellness
Lee's Summit Parks and Recreation's RevUp Community Wellness Program helps community members develop sustainable healthy habits.
Lifeguard Recruiting
The SwimATX program provides the Austin Parks and Recreation Department, as well as YMCA of Austin, with a pipeline of minority teens with lifeguard training.
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Features

Parks Are the Best Medicine

June 2016 issue, By Zarnaaz Bashir, MPH

The practice of prescribing a walk in the park to treat a variety of ailments is gaining momentum as parks, recreation and public health providers find common ground.

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Safe Routes to Parks

June 2016 issue, By Rachel Banner

Despite all the research that shows parks and green space are beneficial to our health, the most underserved communities still lack access to parks and green spaces.

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Recreational Programs Rev It Up

June 2016 issue, By Dr. Danielle Hollar

NRPA’s Commit to Health initiative helps park and recreation agencies cultivate healthy behaviors during out-of-school time.

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Departments & Columns

Perspectives

Healthy Data Trends

June 2016 issue, By Susan K. Trautman, CPRP

What two elements combined make the most compelling case for funding parks and recreation?

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Editor's Letter

Park Panacea

June 2016 issue, By Gina Mullins-Cohen

Connecting parks with public health as part of a comprehensive approach to achieving healthy outcomes for patients.

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Community Center » Forest Bathing

Forest Therapy Can Promote Healing and Bring New Park Visitors

June 2016 issue, By Joan Mooney

This practice, which originated in Japan, is proving to be a great stress management activity.

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Community Center » Notable News

Notable News

June 2016 issue

Stay up to date on what’s happening in parks and recreation with the latest news from around the field.

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Community Center » NRPA Connect

Hot Topics

June 2016 issue, By Hayley Herzing

Find out what hot topics have been trending on NRPA Connect!

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Community Center » Pet Rx

Our Dogs, Our Bodies, Ourselves

June 2016 issue, By Samantha Bartram

Veterinarians confirm the obesity epidemic in the United States extends to our pets.

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Community Center » Urban Directors

From the Director’s Chair

June 2016 issue, By Samantha Bartram

Gain insight from high-level park and recreation professionals on how they tackle various weighty issues.

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Community Center » Wellness Program

Lee’s Summit Parks and Recreation RevUp

June 2016 issue, By J Thomas Lovell, Jr, CPRP

Targeting the socioeconomic, psychological and emotional aspects of health

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By the Numbers

Living the Teen Dream

June 2016 issue

The top 10 best (and most fun) cities in the country for teens.

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People for Parks

GirlTrek’s Moving Meditation

June 2016 issue, By Samantha Bartram

The walking group for African-American women supports health while promoting solidarity

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Member to Member

HEEPS of Benefits

June 2016 issue, By Tyler Tapps, Ph.D., CPRP and Janet Bartnik, M.S., CPRP

Parks, trails and playgrounds are three of the top five most important amenities requested by those looking to buy or build new homes.

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Advocacy

Advocating for Parks and Healthy Populations

June 2016 issue, By Oliver Spurgeon III

The Park Champions initiative embraces a show-and-tell approach to advocacy.

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Law Review

Legal Relationship Shapes AED Use Requirement

June 2016 issue, By James C. Kozlowski, J.D., Ph.D.

Could the failure to acquire or utilize available AED technology provide a basis for negligence liability?

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Conservation

Why Walking in the Woods Is Bad for Your Health

June 2016 issue, By Richard J. Dolesh

If you want to stay healthy, don’t go in the woods.

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Social Equity

Improving Park Funding Measures to Achieve Smarter Equitable Investments

June 2016 issue, By Jon Christensen

When the criteria and process for park funding measures are clearly defined, funds are spent according to voter-approved priorities.

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Future Leaders

Young Professionals Need Fitness, Too

June 2016 issue, By Nathaniel Jaramillo

Easy ways young professionals can build fitness into their non-traditional schedules.

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NRPA Update » 2016 NRPA Annual Conference

2016 NRPA Annual Conference: What’s New in Health and Wellness Education

June 2016 issue, By Tom Crosley

A sampling of the Health and Wellness learning track and Pillar-aligned, interdisciplinary education sessions available at the 2016 NRPA Annual Conference.

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NRPA Update » Commit to Health

How to Use NRPA’s Commit to Health: Foods of the Month Program

June 2016 issue, By Allison Colman

Join the movement and encourage your community to eat healthy and get moving with NRPA’s new nutrition literacy curriculum, Commit to Health: Foods of the Month.

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NRPA Update » Health and Wellness Advisory Panel

Meet the NRPA Health and Wellness Advisory Panel

June 2016 issue, By Allison Colman

NRPA’s Health and Wellness Advisory Panel helps to provide guidance to the NRPA staff.

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NRPA Update » Learning

Test Your Park and Recreation Knowledge

June 2016 issue

Are you ready for the CPRP exam?

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NRPA Update » Member Benefit

Networking and Leadership Opportunities You Won’t Find Anywhere Else

June 2016 issue, By Hayley Herzing

Membership in NRPA provides you with many opportunities for professional as well as personal growth.

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NRPA Update » Member Spotlight

Member Spotlight: Amy Teegarden

June 2016 issue, By Samantha Bartram

Amy Teegarden, Director of Helena, Montana, Parks and Recreation

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NRPA Update » Professional Development

Make the Most of Your NRPA Conference

June 2016 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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Operations

SwimATX: An Innovative Lifeguard Training Program

June 2016 issue, By Sonia Myrick

Austin Parks and Recreation Department, the YMCA of Austin and the Austin Independent School District created a program that helps with recruiting trained, diverse lifeguard applicants.

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Park Bench

Rooftop Oasis

June 2016 issue, By Samantha Bartram

A robust 4,000-square-foot garden occupies the roof of the NYC Parks Department's Five Borough Administrative Building.

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