March 2020

New CDC Initiative Aims to Boost Activity for Americans

It’s no secret that increased physical activity can improve health and quality of life while reducing health care costs. These improvements can help reduce the risk of at least 20 chronic diseases and conditions, including colon and breast cancer, stroke and high blood pressure. They can reduce depression and prevent weight gain. And yet, the CDC points out that only one in four adults and one in five high school students fully meet physical activity guidelines for aerobic and muscle-strengthening activities. And about 31 million adults aged 50 years or older are inactive, meaning they get no physical activity beyond that of daily living.

February 2020

NRPA Launches Mentoring in Parks and Rec

In January, the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) announced a new initiative to expand and support mentoring programs in parks and recreation: Mentoring in Parks and Rec: Connecting Communities, Cultivating Leaders. Throughout the month—which was National Mentoring Month—NRPA released a series of blogs, social media posts and more related to this initiative and the importance of mentoring.

AOAP Recommends MAHC Adoption

Citing a mishmash of health codes enacted by hundreds of jurisdictions to address swimming safety, the nonprofit Association of Aquatic Professionals (AOAP) board of directors in recently formally endorsed adoption by those bodies of the Model Aquatic Health Code (MAHC).

ACE Examines Effectiveness of REHIT

The American Council on Exercise (ACE), a nonprofit organization that works to improve physical activity levels by certifying exercise professionals and health coaches, understands that a lack of time is one of the most common hurdles for people when it comes to regularly exercising, so they commissioned a scientific study to find out if reduced-exertion high-intensity interval training (REHIT) could help solve this common problem. REHIT is an evolution of the traditional high-intensity interval training (HIIT).

RTC Shares Progress Toward Completing Great American Rail-Trail

Rails-to-Trails Conservancy (RTC) recently revealed that nearly $13 million in funding has been secured for segments of the Great American Rail-Trail across four states. This investment will help close trail gaps and improve existing sections of trail along the 3,700-mile route, which is currently 52% complete. In addition, RTC indicated that nearly 100 miles of new trail along the route are expected to be completed in 2020.

January 2020

18 Cities Earn Grants for Parks

The National Park Service recently chose projects in 18 cities to get federal funds through its Outdoor Recreation Legacy Partnership (ORLP) program. The organizations overseeing the projects must at least match their share of the $11.7 million in ORLP grants through private, local and state funding. The ORLP program’s mission is to boost outdoor recreation opportunities in areas without enough close-to-home parks, and to promote the development of new or enhanced partnerships to support outdoor recreation in jurisdictions with at least 50,000 people.

USA Swimming Recognizes Top Swimming Clubs

For 20 years, USA Swimming—the national governing body for the sport of swimming in the United States—has been offering its Club Excellence program, a voluntary program that annually recognizes the highest-performing USA Swimming clubs in the development of athletes ages 18 years and younger. Clubs that execute strong, well-rounded programs are identified, with the top 20 earning Gold-level ranking. USA Swimming recently announced its 2020 Club Excellence Honorees.

Study Finds One-Third of U.S. High Schools Have No Access to Athletic Trainers

A new study published in the Journal of Athletic Training—the National Athletic Trainers’ Association’s (NATA) scientific publication—shows that, despite ongoing tragedies in sports as well as research from a host of sources concluding that schools with athletic trainers (ATs) have lower injury rates, 34% of public and private high schools in the United States still have no access to athletic trainers. And, of the schools with access to ATs, 47% only receive part-time services even though full-time services are the gold standard of care.

Philadelphia Kids to Get More Play Options

KaBOOM! and the William Penn Foundation opened applications for city groups to vie for an available $1 million to design and build interactive and playful learning installations in locations across Philadelphia. The winning projects will be finished by July 2021.