June 2019

Washington, D.C., Unseats Minneapolis as Best City Park System

The Trust for Public Land’s 2019 ParkScore index has named Washington, D.C., as the Best City Park System in the United States. This is a leap for the city, which barely outranked Arlington, Va., for third place in the 2018 index. D.C. also unseated the three-year reigning ParkScore champion, Minneapolis, which fell to third place. St. Paul, Minn., maintained its rank of second place.

Survey: Half of Americans Use the Pool as a 'Communal Bathtub'

Swimming pool season is officially upon us. And recently, experts from the Water Quality & Health Council, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Pool and Hot Tub Alliance (PHTA) teamed up to release the 2019 Healthy Pools survey. The survey revealed that half of Americans (51 percent) report using the swimming pool as a “communal bathtub.” This might mean using the pool to rinse off after yardwork or exercise, or going swimming as a substitute for showering.

NFL Foundation Helps to Advance Youth Wellness

Now in its fifth year, the NFL-FLAG-In-Schools Program aims to increase physical activity among youth by providing flag football resources to underserved school communities. As a result of the program’s efforts, led by the NFL, USA Football, GENYOUth and Fuel Up to Play 60, 9.1 million students have become more active before, during and after school since 2014. And, about 4,200 NFL FLAG Kits will be distributed across the nation during the 2019-2020 school year, reaching about 2.3 million new students.

Youth Sports Participation Holds Steady in 2018

The National Sporting Goods Association (NSGA) has been a dependable resource and leading voice for sporting goods dealers and retailers since 1929, and recently it released the 2019 edition of its report on Sports Participation in the United States. The report shows that from 2017 to 2018, overall youth team sports participation for those aged 7 to 17 remained relatively flat (+ 0.3 percent). Participation in tackle football increased by close to 4 percent while youth soccer participation saw a 4 percent decrease in 2018. And of the 57 different sports and activities tracked, 29 showed an increase in female participation of all ages—up from 24 the previous year.