REC REPORT FEATURES

December 2013

AAHPERD Becomes SHAPE America

The American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (AAHPERD), a managing partner of the Let's Move! Active Schools initiative, announced that its membership has approved changing the association's name to the Society of Health and Physical Educators, doing business as SHAPE America.

November 2013

The Outdoor Foundation Releases 2013 American Camper Report

Thirty-eight million Americans participated in camping last year, according to a study released by The Outdoor Foundation and sponsored by The Coleman Company Inc. That equates to 13 percent of Americans over the age of 6.

Are You Walk-Friendly?

The Pedestrian and Bicycle Information Center (PBIC) announced eight new Walk Friendly Communities. The "Walk Friendly" title means a city or town is being recognized for its success in working to improve a wide range of conditions related to walking, including safety, mobility, access and comfort.

October 2013

AAHPERD Releases Grade-Level Outcomes for K-12 Physical Education

For the first time ever, the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation & Dance (AAHPERD) has created grade-level outcomes that support the newly revamped National Standards for Physical Education. The goal of physical education is to develop physically literate individuals who have the knowledge, skills and confidence to enjoy a lifetime of healthful activity.

Local Parks Identified as Allies in Arthritis Prevention

With their ability to reach and serve thousands of people, local parks and recreation have been identified as essential partners to help contribute to the prevention and management of arthritis, which affects 50 million Americans.

September 2013

Warning: Don't Overlook Your Restrooms

Have you checked the condition of your facility's restrooms lately? A new national hand-washing survey reveals an increasing majority of Americans (63 percent) say they've had a particularly unpleasant experience in a public restroom due to the condition of the facilities. That's up from 51 percent just one year ago.

Take Action to Reduce Childhood Obesity in September

The fourth annual National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month kicked off Sept. 1, encouraging all Americans to take steps to reduce the effects of the childhood obesity epidemic in the United States. More than 23 million children and teenagers in the United States are overweight or obese, according to recent data.

August 2013

The Y Expands Mentoring Program

YMCA of the USA, the resource office for the nation's 2,700 YMCAs, announced the expansion of its Building Futures Mentoring Program, which connects kids and teens with adult mentors for 12 to 18 months. Through a $4 million grant from the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP), the Y is expanding the service area of the mentoring program from six to 38 states by the end of 2013.

July 2013

Amusement Parks & Attractions Industry Generates More Than $200 Billion, Supports 2.3 Million Jobs

The attractions industry—made up of everything from amusement parks, museums and zoos to waterparks, nature parks and more—is a significant driver of the U.S. economy, according to research sponsored by the International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions Foundation.

June 2013

National Parks Munchies Go Healthy

Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell joined National Park Service Director Jonathan B. Jarvis, Let's Move! Executive Director and White House Senior Policy Adviser on Nutrition Sam Kass, and executives and chefs of major concessioners to announce that visitors will have additional choices for purchasing healthy, nutritious food at national parks across the country.

May 2013

NDPA Seal of Safer Pool Practices to Promote Water Safety, Drowning Prevention

The National Drowning Prevention Alliance announced a new program that aims to provide best practice guidelines for class "C" aquatic facilities. The NDPA Seal of Safer Pool Practices will promote water safety and drowning prevention.

April 2013

Individuals, Organizations Recognized for Conservation, Tree Planting

Fourteen individuals and organizations are recipients of a 2013 Arbor Day Award in honor of their outstanding contribution to tree planting, conservation and stewardship.

IHRSA Reports: Health Clubs Still Going Strong

For the third year in a row, the International Health, Racquet and Sportsclub Association's regular examination of health clubs' financial performance has shown improved performance, according to the IHRSA Index.

March 2013

YMCA of the USA Supports Afterschool Programs Legislation

YMCA of the USA, the national resource office for the nation's 2,700 YMCAs, joined leading afterschool and youth development advocacy organizations in support of the "Afterschool for America's Children Act." Introduced by U.S. Senators Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.), Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) and Patty Murray (D-Wash.), this bipartisan legislation would strengthen the 21st Century Community Learning Centers initiative—the nation's only federal funding stream for afterschool programs.

ACSM Summit Offers Approach to Childhood Obesity

The childhood obesity epidemic has struck many nations around the world, and health and fitness professionals, as well as other care providers, are seeking effective ways to help overweight children make a lifestyle change and reverse this trend. At the American College of Sport Medicine's 17th Health & Fitness Summit & Exposition, an approach was presented that's already in place and getting results.

February 2013

Landscape Architects Partner With National Park Service

The American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) and the National Park Service Rivers, Trails and Conservation Assistance program have announced a collaborative partnership. Under the partnership, ASLA's local chapters will volunteer in their communities to provide technical assistance for outdoor resources such as trails, bike paths and other recreational facilities.

January 2013

Daily P.E. Would Boost Youth Activity

Requiring daily physical education in school could help young people be active for 23 minutes per day, which is more than a third of the total amount of daily physical activity experts recommend for young people.

Pediatricians Make Recommendations for Schools

The American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) and the National Park Service Rivers, Trails and Conservation Assistance program have announced a collaborative partnership. Under the partnership, ASLA's local chapters will volunteer in their communities to provide technical assistance for outdoor resources such as trails, bike paths and other recreational facilities.