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Feature Story

January 2022


NRPA Celebrates Parks' Role in Americans' Wellness Goals

How are your resolutions coming along? If you're like the vast majority of U.S. adults—94%—you have set a health and wellness goal for 2022, according to a newly released National Park And Recreation Association (NRPA) poll. The NRPA touts the important role local parks and recreation organizations play in helping Americans meet these goals.

"Park and recreation departments are leaders in providing the spaces and programs where people can fulfill their health and wellness goals," said Kevin Roth, NRPA vice president of research, evaluation and technology. "Whether it's walking a local trail with a friend or attending an exercise class at the local fitness center, park and recreation professionals work hard to ensure all people have access to activities that reduce stress and enhance overall wellness."

Top goals include:

  • Drinking more water and eating healthier
  • Reducing stress
  • Increasing exercise and daily step counts
  • Getting outside more often

Local park and recreation agencies serve as community wellness hubs by leveraging their role as trusted gathering places that connect every member of the community to essential programs, services and spaces that advance health equity, improve health outcomes and enhance quality of life, NRPA asserted. Community wellness hubs meet the unique needs of their communities in a variety of ways, including access to healthy foods, physical activity, social connections and connection to nature.

Learn more about parks as community wellness hubs in this video posted to NRPA's YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=35tWw-DxeAo. And learn more about the NRPA by visiting www.nrpa.org.


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