October 2017

L.A. Parks Earn Mostly Positive Report Card

While community parks in the city of Los Angeles received good grades for playgrounds, trails and gyms, restrooms scored lower, a C and below, in fact, based on maintenance and cleanliness, according to new report cards issued by L.A. City Controller Ron Galperin. The report cards took a look at community parks in Los Angeles and discovered that park users reported general satisfaction with their local parks, but many indicated that cleanliness and safety concerns deter them from using their community parks more.

Health Club Memberships Up, Led by Youth & Older Adults

It seems we hear a lot these days about how Americans are leading more sedentary lifestyles, with childhood obesity and early-onset diabetes rates on the rise. Therefore it's encouraging to learn that health club memberships have increased, with the largest growth happening in the youth and older adult markets. This information comes from the 2017 Health Club Consumer Report, released by the International Health, Racquet & Sportsclub Association (IHRSA).

Dallas Park Recognized With ASLA Award

Klyde Warren Park, a 5.2-acre urban park in Dallas designed by OJB Landscape Architecture (OJB), recently earned the Award of Excellence for General Design from the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA). The park reconnects the city's downtown cultural district with the neighborhoods located to the north. Designed to reflect the district through its modern design, the park has bridged the eight-lane Woodall Rodgers Freeway, which had been a barrier between the downtown and uptown areas.

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.

Improving Kids' Wellness—In the Classroom

Regular physical activity in childhood and adolescence is not only important to kids when they're young, but in the long-term as well. Exercise at a young age can promote lifelong health and well-being, potentially preventing various health conditions down the road. The Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans recommends that children between the ages of 6 and 17 get at least one hour of physical activity every day. Unfortunately, some schools have been forced to reduce—or eliminate altogether—physical education programs due to budget cuts, leaving many kids without the opportunity to get enough physical activity or even learn how to exercise properly.