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NRPA Receives Grant to Increase Access to Healthy Foods

The National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) has awarded funding to 27 local park and recreation agencies as they work to increase access to healthy foods and nutrition education through parks and recreation.

Conservation & Park Leadership Awards Announced

The Trust for Public Land announced the winners of its 11th annual Conservation and Park Leadership Awards, which recognize leadership in protecting and investing in Minnesota's special places.

Attractions Industry Leaders Meet With Lawmakers

IAAPA, the global association for the attractions industry, hosted its annual IAAPA U.S. Advocacy Days April 8 to 9, 2019 in Washington, D.C. More than 38 U.S. attractions leaders met with representatives from 66 congressional offices to discuss the industry's legislative priorities and regulatory issues.

Grant Funding Supports Training Focused on Opioid Misuse Prevention

The National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA), the Afterschool Alliance and the Alliance for a Healthier Generation (Healthier Generation) are proud to collaborate on a new initiative to provide out-of-school time (OST) providers with professional development training resources to prevent opioid misuse among youth.

Rails-to-Trails Conservancy & Partners Release Study on Cleveland Bike Connectivity

Rails-to-Trails Conservancy (RTC) and Bike Cleveland released "Advancing Cleveland's Active Transportation Agenda," showing how the city could increase the number of people who have access to biking connectivity from 55 percent to 82 percent.

Pool & Hot Tub Alliance Begins Operations

The Pool & Hot Tub Alliance (PHTA) officially launched April 1, unifying the National Swimming Pool Foundation (NSPF) and the Association of Pool & Spa Professionals (APSP).

Women's Sports Foundation Reports on Girls' Sports Experience

New research from girls ages 7 to 13 who play sports reveals that when girls like their coaches, they are more likely to keep playing as they get older, to see the importance of being active, and to love their sport. These findings, among others, were released via the Women's Sports Foundation (WSF) report, "Coaching Through a Gender Lens: Maximizing Girls' Play and Potential."

Survey: Local Governments Should Invest in Natural Disaster Response

According to a recent poll conducted by the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA), the majority of Americans agree it's important for parks and recreation to play a role in disaster response and recovery, such as wildfires, hurricanes and floods. Specifically, Americans look to their local park and recreation agency to serve as an emergency distribution center (66 percent) and provide shelter during an emergency (62 percent).

4-H Identifies Best Practices to Engage Youth in Health Programs

National 4-H Council, in partnership with the University of Arizona, announced the release of a special report highlighting key learnings of youth-focused healthy living programming through its 4-H Healthy Habits program.

Celebrate National Park Week 2019

National Park Week, April 20 to 28, has something for everyone! Join the National Park Service and the National Park Foundation for nine days of fun, including National Junior Ranger Day and National BARK Ranger Day.

Study From the Y Shows How Social Recognition Spurs Action

It's an old notion--a little recognition goes a long way--but the YMCA of the USA and researchers put this to the test during a three-year research project at the YMCA of The Triangle to determine the impact of social recognition on decision making and well-being.

Industry to Collaborate on Model Aquatic Health Code at WAHC

Registration for the 16th Annual World Aquatic Health Conference (WAHC) is now open. The WAHC will be held in Williamsburg, Va., Oct. 16 to 18, 2019.

CPSC Announces $2 Million in Pool Safely Grants

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is announcing a 90-day solicitation seeking applications for a special Pool Safely Grant Program (PSGP) offered to state and local governments.

NCPPA Announces New Priorities for 2019-2020

The National Coalition for Promoting Physical Activity (NCPPA) announced new leadership to its board of directors for the 2019-2020 term and reiterated its commitment to empowering and inspiring all Americans to lead more physically active lives.

Urban Land Institute to Advise Detroit on Long-Term Sustainability for Parks & Public Spaces

A group of nationally renowned land use and urban planning experts representing the Urban Land Institute (ULI) will be making recommendations to the City of Detroit on how to create sustainable financial models for the city's growing network of parks and public spaces and the connectors among them, including urban walking and biking trails.

National Park Trust Receives Funding to Send Students to Parks

National Park Trust (NPT) announced that it has received renewed funding from the First Solar Corporate Charitable Fund of the Toledo Community Foundation in support of the Kids to Parks Day National School Contest.

USDA Forest Service & BLM Announce National Conservation Awards

Interior's Bureau of Land Management and Agriculture's Forest Service recognized the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation (RMEF) and the Northern Rocky Mountain Grotto (NRMG) for their leadership and contributions to wildlife conservation and public lands stewardship.

4-H Names 2019 4-H Youth In Action National Winner

The National 4-H Council announced that Clyde Van Dyke, 18, of Johnson City, N.Y., was selected as the national winner of the 2019 4-H Youth in Action Award.

USA Swimming Foundation Supports Swim Lesson Providers Reaching More Than 1.3 Million in 2018

In 2018, through its Make a Splash Local Partner network, the USA Swimming Foundation helped provide more than 1.3 million children with swimming lessons.

Boys & Girls Clubs Announce $1 Million Grant

Boys & Girls Clubs of America announced that the SunTrust Foundation has committed $1 million to Boys & Girls Clubs of America's Workforce Development Effectiveness Project to help put youth on a path toward financial confidence and well-being.

Urban Land Institute Releases Research on Unhealthy Corridors

The Urban Land Institute (ULI) has released two new research reports on the challenges and opportunities presented by unhealthy corridors: "Blind Spots: How Unhealthy Corridors Harm Communities and How to Fix Them" and "Envisioning Healthy Corridors: Lessons from Four Communities."

NRPA, Niagara Bottling Award Grants to Support Access to Play and Activity

The National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) and Niagara Cares, the philanthropic arm of Niagara Bottling, have awarded $200,000 in grants to connect communities through outdoor play in park and recreation agencies.

Trust for Public Land Says Park Access Should Be Part of Green New Deal

The Trust for Public Land recently submitted a letter to Sen. Markey and Rep. Ocasio-Cortez, highlighting the importance of including park access as part of the Green New Deal.

ASLA Celebrates Permanent Authorization of LCWF

The American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) has long advocated for permanent authorization of the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF). For more than 50 years, LWCF has protected lands in every state and congressional district in the nation and provided funds for over 41,000 state and local park projects.

U.S. Soccer Foundation Presents Awards

The U.S. Soccer Foundation presented three awards at its 13th annual Urban Soccer Symposium, honoring organizations and individuals who have provided innovative approaches to improving the sports-based youth development field.

Park Service Visitation Tops 318 Million in 2018

Visitation to America's national parks in 2018 exceeded 300 million recreation visits for the fourth consecutive year. The 318.2 million recreation visits total is the third highest since record-keeping began in 1904.

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Selects 2019 Culture of Health Finalists

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) announced the 12 communities chosen as finalists for the RWJF Culture of Health Prize. The Prize recognizes communities that are bringing partners together around a shared commitment to health, opportunity and equity.

NRPA 'Commit to Health' Campaign Reaches Nearly 500,000 Youth

Thanks to the National Recreation and Park Association's Commit to Health campaign, nearly 500,000 youth nationwide have improved access to healthy foods and physical activity opportunities annually.

IHRSA Applauds New Legislation That Supports Healthy Living

IHRSA announced its support for the Personal Health Investment Today Act (PHIT), just newly introduced into the 116th Congress. The legislation champions Americans in their efforts to live healthier lifestyles by making it easier to cover exercise expenses with pre-tax dollars.

$671 Million in Backlogged Maintenance Projects Completed in National Parks in FY18

The National Park Service (NPS) estimates that during Fiscal Year (FY) 2018, more than $671 million in needed repair work was completed at national parks across the country, one of the largest amounts of deferred maintenance needs retired in a single year.

Every Kid Outdoors Act Passes Congress

The U.S. House of Representatives passed the Every Kid Outdoors Act (363-62) as part of the Natural Resources Management Act (S. 47), a bipartisan public lands package. The legislation already passed in the U.S. Senate (92-8) and is now headed to the President's desk for signature.

Campaign to Support SeriousFun Children's Network and KaBOOM!

Krispy Kreme Doughnuts is launching "Dough-nate for a Doughnut," a campaign to help children – especially those underserved or living with serious illnesses – with new signature partners KaBOOM! and SeriousFun Children's Network.

Keep America Beautiful's Cigarette Litter Prevention Program Grants Available

Keep America Beautiful, the nation's largest community improvement nonprofit organization, announced the opening of the grant application period for the 2019 Cigarette Litter Prevention Program (CLPP), designed to help communities combat the most commonly littered item in America.

Local Parks Among Top Outdoor Areas to Experience Health Benefits of Nature

According to a recent poll conducted by the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA), local parks or picnic areas are among the favorite outdoor places Americans visit to experience the health benefits of nature — such as reduced stress and increased energy levels.

National Park Foundation Reacts to Natural Resources Management Act

Will Shafroth, president of the National Park Foundation, the official nonprofit partner of the National Park Service, issued a statement regarding the House passage of S. 47 the Natural Resources Management Act.

House Votes to Permanently Renew LWCF

The U.S. House of Representatives moved to save the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF), approving a sweeping package of public lands bills that includes a measure to permanently reauthorize the program for the first time in its 54-year history.

Boys & Girls Clubs CEO Appointed to American Workforce Advisory Board

Boys & Girls Clubs of America's President and CEO Jim Clark was appointed to serve as a member on the American Workforce Policy Advisory Board, established by the White House. Boys & Girls Clubs of America is the only youth-serving nonprofit organization on the Board and joins 24 members.

NRPA Salutes Congress for Passage of 'Lands Package'

Barbara Tulipane, CAE, president and CEO of the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) issued a statement in response to the passage of the Natural Resources Management Act.

Mecklenburg County Wins National Health Challenge

Mecklenburg County's Village HeartBEAT (VHB) program was named one of two grand prize winners of the Healthiest Cities & Counties Challenge (the Challenge) and will receive $500,000 in grants and prizes to help combat cardiovascular disease in the community.

Your City Could Host the Make a Splash Tour

As the USA Swimming Foundation's Make a Splash Tour presented by Phillips 66 enters its 11th year, with more than 50 stops across the country, you have the opportunity to explain why your community deserves to host a tour stop as part of a national media campaign focusing on the importance of learning to swim.

IHRSA Report Looks at Impact of Advocacy on Health Club Operations

While there are a multitude of reasons to belong to an industry trade association, such as education, networking and research, often the most overlooked benefit is advocacy. Perhaps advocacy is overlooked because it's not as tangible as a research report or convention registration. That doesn't mean it's not vital to your business.

Avangrid Foundation, NFWF Partner to Conserve Wildlife

The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) announced that Avangrid Foundation has made a multi-year commitment to support three NFWF grant programs that provide funding for vital on-the-ground conservation projects.

Keep America Beautiful Announces Awards

More than 80 individuals, including community leaders from national nonprofit Keep America Beautiful's community-based affiliate network and other partner organizations, were recognized recently at Keep America Beautiful's National Awards Ceremony.

IMBA Announces Trail Lab Event

The International Mountain Bicycling Association (IMBA) will host its third Trail Labs event in Bentonville, April 1–3, 2019. Trail Labs are in-depth workshops designed to catalyze the next generation of great places to ride mountain bikes.

Golf Promotion Generates $65,000-Plus for PGA Reach

Marriott Golf announced that it raised a record of more than $65,000 last year for PGA REACH – the charitable foundation of the PGA of America — during the 3rd Annual Hit the Green for HOPE promotion. The funds raised were designed to support PGA HOPE (Helping Our Patriots Everywhere) golf programming for military Veterans with disabilities.

Lincolnway Special Recreation Association to Host National Wheelchair Basketball Tournaments

Lincolnway Special Recreation Association, an opportunist in creating and implementing adaptive programming for people with disabilities, has been selected to host two separate National Wheelchair Basketball Association championship tournaments in March.

NRPA Introduces Parks for Inclusion Policy Guide

In an effort to promote inclusion in parks and recreation centers across the country, the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) introduces a best practice guide for park and recreation agencies to develop a formal inclusion policy.

Park Service Accepting Proposals for Historic Revitalization Subgrants

The National Park Service is now accepting applications for $5 million in grants to support the preservation of historic buildings in rural communities across the country that are listed in or eligible for inclusion in the National Register of Historic Places through the Historic Revitalization Subgrant Program (HRSP).

USA Football Grant Program Applications Open for 2019

Youth, middle school and high school football programs may apply now through March 13 for USA Football's equipment grant program, offering $1.5 million in resources to benefit young athletes.

Park Service Announces $48.5 Million in Hurricane Assistance

The National Park Service announced $48.5 million in supplemental assistance grants to help historic resources recover in areas impacted by hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria in 2017.

IPSSA Expands Education Fund for Service Pros

The Independent Pool and Spa Service Association (IPSSA) announced it has expanded its Education Fund and is now subsidizing multiple classes throughout the industry to lower the overall cost of education for service professionals.

NRPA: Americans Believe in Importance of Teaching Children to Swim

According to a recent poll conducted by the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA), more than nine in 10 Americans (95 percent) believe it is important for children to learn how to swim at an early age.

IHRSA Announces 2019 Industry Award Recipients

IHRSA, The International Health, Racquet & Sportsclub Association, has announced that three award recipients will be honored during IHRSA 2019, the association's 38th Annual International Convention & Trade Show in San Diego.

Study: America's Streets Are 'Deadly by Design'

An astonishing 6,000 pedestrians were struck and killed by vehicles in 2017, adding to a deadly decade in which 49,340 people were killed on the nation's streets between 2008 and 2017. Compounding this national tragedy, victims are disproportionately from vulnerable groups, including people of color, those living in low-income communities, Native peoples, and the elderly.

RTC Commits to Bold Nation-Spanning Trail

Rails-to-Trails Conservancy (RTC) announced its vision for the Great American Rail-Trail, an unprecedented commitment to creating an iconic piece of American infrastructure that will connect nearly 4,000 miles of rail-trail and other multiuse trails from Washington, D.C., to Washington State.

RWJF, NAACP Partner on Health Equity

The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) have expanded their partnership to improve health and opportunity in communities of color across the United States.

NSPF, APSP Unify to Form New Organization

The National Swimming Pool Foundation (NSPF) and the Association of Pool & Spa Professionals (APSP) announced that the organizations will unify to form the Pool & Hot Tub Alliance.

American Water Charitable Foundation, NRPA Award $150,000 to Nature Play Area

The American Water Charitable Foundation, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization created by American Water, the nation's largest publicly traded water and wastewater utility company, announced it is awarding $150,000 in grant funding to support a local nature-based play area in Bel Air, Md.

Miami-Dade Parks Gets New Soccer 'Double-Pitch'

Miami-Dade Parks, the U.S. Soccer Foundation and Target unveiled a new set of mini-pitches at South Dade Park in Homestead. These mini-pitches mark the latest play spaces to be completed as a part of a Target and U.S. Soccer Foundation partnership to build 100 mini-pitches nationwide by 2020.

ICAA Announces Beacon Award for 'Best in Wellness'

As separate entities, the International Council on Active Aging (ICAA) and NuStep LLC have long championed active aging and wellness. Now, the two organizations have teamed up to recognize and honor senior living communities that have excelled at adopting wellness-based lifestyles.

STMA Announces 2019 Board of Directors

Sports Turf Managers Association (STMA) – the professional organization for 2,700 men and women who manage sports fields worldwide who are critical to the safety of athletes and coaches – confirmed its 2019 Board of Directors.

USGA Recognizes California Turf & Irrigation Specialist

Celebrating golf's leaders who innovate and demonstrate leadership in sustainability and water resource management, the USGA has named Michael T. Huck, a turfgrass and irrigation specialist from Orange County, Calif., as the recipient of its 2019 Green Section Award.

2018 ACSM-CPT and ACSM-EP First-Time Pass Rates Reach Highs

In 2017, ACSM Certification completed its regularly scheduled job task analysis (JTA) study and update of the ACSM Certified Personal Trainer (ACSM-CPT) and ACSM Certified Exercise Physiologist (ACSM-EP) certification exams.

ASLA Advocacy Leads to Water Infrastructure Improvement Act Passage

Nancy Somerville, Hon. ASLA, executive vice president and CEO of the American Society of Landscape Architects issued a statement on the occasion of the signing into law of the Water Infrastructure Improvement Act (H.R. 7279).

National Park Foundation Fund to Support National Parks Community When Rangers Return

Recognizing the impact of the partial government shutdown on the National Park System, the National Park Foundation has set up the Parks Restoration Fund to help repair parks as quickly as possible once the government reopens and National Park Service employees are back to work.

Research Looks at Injuries in Commercial Jump Parks

According to new research published in the Jan. 1, 2019 issue of the Journal of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, trampoline parks and jump parks have been linked to a higher percentage of total fractures among pediatric and adult patients, including lower extremity fractures, fractures in adults, open fractures and surgical fractures when compared with home trampolines.

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Vortex International's Water Journey Events Win IDA Awards

Vortex Aquatic Structures International, a world leader in the aquatic play industry, announced that its new line of Water Journey elements has won four International Design Awards, taking Bronze in the Children Products, Toddler Products, Outdoor and Leisure Fun Games, and Designs for Social Impact categories.

Water Safety Products Celebrates 30 Years

Water Safety Products Inc., a leading supplier of lifeguard uniforms and lifesaving equipment to the commercial waterpark and aquatic leisure industry, is celebrating its 30th year in business.

Evoqua's Neptune-Benson Named Water Quality Sponsor for USA Swimming

Evoqua Water Technologies Corp., an industry leader in mission-critical water treatment solutions, announced that Neptune-Benson will become the Official Water Quality Sponsor of USA Swimming, the national governing body for the sport of swimming in the United States, through 2020.

Pool Shark H2O Receives CDC Certification

Pool Shark H2O Inc.'s patented web application, which helps commercial pool managers ensure water quality, safety and compliance to health department regulations, has been awarded certification from the Center for Disease Control's Council for the Model Aquatic Health Code (CMAHC).

Natare Corp., Austin Carroll Pool Construction Announce Partnership

Natare Corporation announced that it has appointed Austin Carroll Pool Construction Ltd. as its Premier Partner for Canada.

Kubota Introduces SVL65-2 to Track Loader Line

Kubota Tractor Corporation unveiled its new SVL65-2 to the company's popular compact track loader line, further diversifying its construction equipment offerings.

Precor, Spivi Announce Partnership

Precor, a global leader in providing premium fitness products, services and experiences involving cardio, strength, group training and networked fitness, and Spivi Inc., an industry leader in digital interactive displays and performance tracking, have partnered to provide an immersive workout experience integrated with the Spinner line of commercial indoor cycling bikes.

Mats Inc. Announces Sourcewell Partnership

Mats Inc. has entered into a national purchasing partnership with Sourcewell, formerly NJPA, a cooperative organization with more than 50,000 government, education and nonprofit members across the United States and Canada.

Perform Better's 2019 Catalog Now Available

Perform Better's 2019 catalog is now available. This 100-page catalog is full of new and innovative products and is the ideal source of Functional Training equipment for everyone who trains or rehabs clients, patients and athletes.

LaMotte Company Celebrates 100 Years

The LaMotte Company is celebrating its 100th Anniversary in 2019. The company began producing water analysis equipment in 1919 in downtown Baltimore, Md.

Upper Hand Enters Franchise Industry With New Management Software

Sport, recreation and fitness franchises can now manage their business more efficiently, thanks to the launch of new enterprise software designed specifically for the franchise marketplace from Upper Hand Inc., a leader in cloud-based sports management software and business services.

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