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Adult Obesity Rates Leveling Off

The 14th annual State of Obesity: Better Policies for a Healthier America report from the Trust for America's Health and the Robert Wood John Foundation shows adult obesity rates to be leveling off or even declining in some states.

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National 4 H Council, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Partner to Empower Youth

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation has awarded National 4 H Council a $4.6 million grant to improve the health of 1,000 communities across the nation over the next 10 years.

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SHAPE America Releases Parent's Guide for P.E.

In recognition of the first ever "Take Your Parent to PE Week," SHAPE America has released a new parent's guide called "Getting to Know Your Child's PE Program."

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2017 Gold Medal Awards for Excellence in Parks & Recreation Announced

The American Academy for Park and Recreation Administration (AAPRA), in partnership with the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA), announced the recipients of the 2017 National Gold Medal Grand Plaque Awards for Excellence in Park and Recreation Management.

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IHRSA Releases 2017 Health Club Consumer Report

The International Health, Racquet & Sportsclub Association has released the 2017 Health Club Consumer Report.

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IMBA Launches National Grant Campaign

The International Mountain Bicycling Association announced its new Dig In Campaign—a grant program that directly supports local IMBA chapter trail and bike park projects.

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Fitness & Wellness Remain a Concern

Fitness & Wellness Remain a Concern

Among respondents to the Industry Report survey, fairly steady numbers have reported that they see general fitness and wellness as a top concern. In 2017, some 23.3 percent said this was a top concern, down slightly from 23.9 percent in 2016, but up from 21.8 percent in 2015.

Some 17.7 percent of respondents said that youth fitness and wellness was a top concern in 2017. This represents a slight increase from 2016, when 17.3 percent named this a top concern, up from 15.3 percent in 2015.

Slightly fewer respondents (17.1 percent) said that older adult fitness and wellness were a top concern. This is up from 14.6 percent in 2016 and 12.9 percent in 2015.

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Partnerships Help Parks, Recreation Facilities Improve Effectiveness

Developing partnerships with other organizations is vital in helping to make recreation facilities more effective in executing their plans for new or existing developments or programs. Learn more about how to form effective partnerships.

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If You Build It: Up-to-Date Sports Facilities Aim to Bring Back Crowds

Fewer people have been showing up for games at colleges and universities, so forward-thinking schools are designing new stadiums and facilities that provide more of what modern crowds are looking for.

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Teaching Healthy Eating: Connecting Communities to Healthier Lifestyles

From nutrition counseling and education to farmers markets and community gardens, parks and other organizations have found myriad ways to try to improve the health of the communities they serve.

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Out of the Ordinary: Making Fun Park Games Work

Disc golf continues to be one of the more commonly planned additions among parks, camps and others. Learn more about adding disc golf to your lineup, as well as other popular favorites like mini golf, bocce and more.

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Workout 2017: Making Americans Fit Again

Fitness trends come and go, and come and go, but there are ways to adapt so that you're always offering something that your members and visitors are looking for.

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Don't Miss These Upcoming Events!

2017 WWA Show, Oct. 16 to 19 in West Palm Beach, Fla. Presented by the World Waterpark Association. (
14th Annual World Aquatic Health Conference, Oct. 18 to 20 in Denver. Presented by the National Swimming Pool Foundation. (
ASLA Annual Meeting & Expo, Oct. 20 to 23 in Los Angeles. Presented by the American Society of Landscape Architects. (
FSB 2017 Trade Fair, Nov. 7 to 10 in Cologne, Germany. (

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