REC REPORT FEATURES

July 2019

Fieldhouse Renovated, Expanded at UW-Platteville

Students, faculty and staff now can enjoy the expanded and renovated Williams Fieldhouse at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville. Some of the upgrades to the fieldhouse include “55,925 square feet of new space and an additional 2,681 square feet of remodeled space” in order to “accommodate UW-Platteville’s increasing enrollment and support the university’s club sports, intramural sports, open recreation and varsity sports programs and the physical education department.”

NRPA, Disney Award Play Space Grants

The Meet Me at the Park program—a collaboration between the National Recreation and Park Association and the Walt Disney Company—aims to increase access to play spaces in local parks for children and families across the country. Recently the NRPA announced the recipients of the program’s 2019 Play Spaces grants, part of a $1 million donation by Disney. The funding also provides the NRPA with resources used to promote the benefits of play to communities nationwide.

Swim Clinic Teaches Water Safety Basics

Nearly 50 area youth and adults learned the basics of water safety recently at the Swim 1922 Clinic at the Boys & Girls Club at Thomas S. Murphy Clubhouse in Brooklyn, N.Y. The clinic, led by 2004 Olympic silver medalist Maritza McClendon, was put on thanks to a partnership between USA Swimming and Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority Inc., a member of the National Pan-Hellenic Council and one of the oldest historically African-American sororities.

Nation's Pediatrics: Put More Emphasis on Enjoyment of Sports

When young children play organized sports, it can lead to long-lasting health benefits for their bodies and minds, as well as improving their self-esteem. And when the focus is on kids having fun during these pursuits—instead of just winning—they’re more likely to stay involved in athletic programs and keep physically fit throughout childhood. This is the message from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), which recently published a clinical report “Organized Sports for Children, Preadolescents and Adolescents” in the June 2019 issue of Pediatrics.

Diabetes Declines, National DPP Program Helped

The Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) released a new study showing that new cases of diagnosed diabetes in the United States have decreased by 35 percent since reaching a 20-year peak in 2009. This is the first sign that efforts to stop the nation’s diabetes epidemic are working.