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2019 Finalists Announced for Gold Medal Awards in Parks & Rec

The American Academy for Park and Recreation Administration (AAPRA), in partnership with the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA), announced the finalists for the 2019 National Gold Medal Awards for Excellence in Park and Recreation Management.

Arlington, Va., Named 'Fittest City'

Arlington, Va., has earned the title of "America's Fittest City" in the annual American Fitness Index rankings published by the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) and the Anthem Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Anthem Inc.

Momentum Growing to Restore Parks & Public Lands

During Advocacy Day 2019, ASLA members asked lawmakers to support H.R. 1225, the Restore Our Parks and Public Lands Act. This bipartisan bill would invest almost $12 billion to address the backlog of maintenance projects in our national parks with an eye toward sustainability.

Leading Health Care Organizations Provide Updated Recommendations for Sports Physicals

The nation's leading medical experts have updated guidance for the Preparticipation Physical Evaluation (PPE), also known as the sports physical. The exam determines the medical eligibility of students to participate in an organized team sport or individual sport or attend sports camps from middle school through college years.

Keep America Beautiful Announces Cigarette Litter Prevention Grant Recipients

Keep America Beautiful, the nation's leading community improvement nonprofit organization, announced it has awarded 50 grants to Keep America Beautiful community-based affiliates and partner organizations for its 2019 Cigarette Litter Prevention Program (CLPP), designed to help communities combat the most commonly littered item in America.

ACE Simplifies Options for Aspiring Personal Trainers

The American Council on Exercise (ACE) has simplified and made more compelling its choices for those exploring investment in a certified personal trainer study program.

Congressional Briefing Highlights Role of Sports & Coaches in Young Women's Development

Coach-mentors like those in the U.S. Soccer Foundation's national youth soccer program, Soccer for Success, are the key to putting young people on the path to life-long health and wellness, leadership training, and success, participants at a Foundation congressional briefing said.

NFL Foundation Aims to Boost Physical Activity in School

The NFL, USA Football, GENYOUth and Fuel Up to Play 60 announced the fifth year of the NFL FLAG-In-Schools Program, which aims to increase physical activity among youth by providing FLAG football resources to underserved school communities.

Rails-to-Trails Conservancy Unveils Routing for Great American Rail-Trail

Rails-to-Trails Conservancy (RTC) unveiled its preferred route for the Great American Rail-Trail—or the "Great American"—underscoring the organization's commitment to creating an iconic piece of American infrastructure that connects more than 125 existing trails and 90 trail gaps over 3,700+ miles between Washington, D.C., and Washington State.

USGA, FIrst Tee Collaborate to Bring Kids to Golf

The USGA and the First Tee, a youth development organization dedicated to helping youth build character through the game of golf, will debut the "Junior Experience featuring First Tee" at the 119th U.S. Open in Pebble Beach, Calif, June 10-16.

Cost a Top Factor in Recreational Team Sports

According to a recent poll conducted by the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA), when registering for recreational team sports, Americans consider these top three factors: scheduling, location, and cost.

Trust for Public Land, Partners, Launch 10-Minute Walk Campaign Partnership Fund, Name Grantees

The 10-Minute Walk Campaign—a partnership between The Trust for Public Land, National Recreation and Park Association, and Urban Land Institute—announced $400,000 in grants to advance the goal of ensuring that everyone has a quality park within a 10-minute walk of home.

It's National Water Safety Month!

A coalition of water safety partners, including the American Red Cross, the National Recreation and Park Association, the Pool & Hot Tub Alliance (formerly The Association of Pool & Spa Professionals/National Swimming Pool Foundation) and the World Waterpark Association, along with dozens of other water safety groups will work together to promote May as National Water Safety Month (NWMS).

City Parks Alliance to Host ParkXChange City Workshops

City Parks Alliance announced that ParkXChange City Workshops will be held in Baltimore, Md.; Brownsville, Texas; Chattanooga, Tenn.; and Washington, D.C., over the next year and a half. The geographically diverse cities all have common goals of strengthening their cross-sector partnerships to maximize the benefits of park and recreation resources for low-income communities.

American Board of Obesity Medicine Announces Growth in Board-Certified Doctors

The American Board of Obesity Medicine (ABOM) announced that more than 720 physicians passed its board certification test administered in February 2019, establishing obesity medicine as one of the fastest growing fields in medicine.

Afterschool Alliance Discusses House Subcommittee Vote to Increase Funding

"[The] vote by the House Appropriation Labor-HHS Subcommittee to increase funding for the 21st Century Community Learning Centers (21st CCLC) initiative by $100 million is a resounding rejection of the White House's three-year effort to eliminate the nation's principal federal funding stream for afterschool and summer learning programs."

U.S. Soccer Foundaiton Awards Grants

The U.S. Soccer Foundation announced it has awarded seven grants totaling $151,805 to organizations that will create and enhance safe places to play in six states. When completed, the projects will provide access to safe play spaces for more than 55,500 youth and adults.

Dermatologists Say Half of Americans Are Not Protecting Themselves From Sun Damage

In a recent survey, the American Academy of Dermatology found only half of Americans always or almost always protect themselves from the sun when they're outside - increasing their risk for skin cancer, including melanoma.

National Park Services Announces Historic Preservation Grants

The National Park Service (NPS) announced the distribution of $49.6 million in historic preservation grants for U.S. states, territories, and partnering nations, and $11.7 million in historic preservation grants to 183 tribal historic preservation offices.

NRPA, COAPRT Announce Separation Agreement

The National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) announced the impending separation of the Council on Accreditation of Parks, Recreation, Tourism and Related Professions (COAPRT) from the organization.

YMCA, Partnership for a Healthier America Close Gaps in Access to Safe Outdoor Activity

YMCA of the USA (Y-USA) and Partnership for a Healthier America announced a commitment to ensure that all kids, regardless of their background or their ZIP code have safe spaces to engage in outdoor physical activity and recreation.

Earth Day Network's 2019 Cleanup Spans Thousands of Locations

Earth Day Network implemented a nationally coordinated environmental volunteer cleanup to mark Earth Day 2019, in collaboration with partners across the United States, including National CleanUp Day and Keep America Beautiful.

Outdoor Foundation Invests $1.8 Million Into Thrive Outside Communities

Outdoor Foundation announced its inaugural Thrive Outside Communities in Atlanta, Ga.; Grand Rapids, Mich.; San Diego; and Oklahoma City, Okla. The Outdoor Foundation’s Thrive Outside Community Initiative will award multi-year capacity- building grants to diverse communities in order to create or strengthen partnerships between existing local organizations and outdoor organizations that create repeat and reinforcing positive outdoor experiences for kids and families.

National Park Foundation Expands Access to Parks

The National Park Foundation (NPF) — the official nonprofit partner of the National Park Service — announced its goal to connect 250,000 kids and adults to parks throughout 2019 via school field trips, service corps, volunteer efforts, and fellowships, thereby growing the community of national park champions who care about these treasured places.

APA Announces 2019 National Planning Award Recipients

The American Planning Association (APA) recognized the recipients of the 2019 National Planning Excellence and Achievement Awards.

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.

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Ephesus Sports Lighting Named Title Partner of the Triple-A Baseball National Championship Game

Triple-A Baseball announced that Ephesus Sports Lighting, the leader in solid-state sports lighting, has been named an official partner of Triple-A Baseball for the 2019 season.

SmartMotion Protects Automatic Pool Covers From Damage

Automatic Pool Covers Inc. has now integrated SmartMotion technology into all of its automatic pool cover systems.

Hayward Industries Earns 2019 Energy Start Partner of the Year Award

Hayward Industries Inc., a leading global manufacturer and marketer of residential and commercial pool equipment was recently awarded the 2019 ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year Award by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for its commitment to energy efficiency through product innovation.

Waterplay Releases Two Aquatic Therapy Features

Originally developed several years ago as a custom product for aquatic facility projects looking for a hydrotherapy offering, Waterplay's Restorative Sprays have been increasing in demand.

SeaKlear PRS Traps Algae, E. Coli, Crypto and Giardia in the Filter

SeaKlear PRS is a 2-part system that enhances filtration and is EPA-qualified to trap particles down to 0.5 microns, including Cryptosporidium, E. coli, and Giardia, in the pool’s filter.

iPlayCO Celebrates 20 Years

iPlayCO, a leading manufacturer of safe, fun play structures enjoyed by children of all ages, is celebrating its 20th anniversary.

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.



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