September 2021

CDC Reports Major Increase in Obesity Over Past Decade

The Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) recently reported that 16 states now have obesity rates of at least 35%. This staggering and discouraging figure went up from only 12% in 2019, and is a huge increase over the last decade—zero states reported rates at the 35% level back in 2012.

Despite Pandemic, Sports & Fitness Participation Grew, Says SFIA

The COVID-19 pandemic brought unique challenges to the sports and fitness world. Even in the worst of recessions, the industry has never experienced anything like the unprecedented, immediate global shutdown of retail, operations, workplaces, travel, and sports and fitness facilities. Following the initial shock, the industry pivoted, and in turn, persevered, adapting to focus on ecommerce and responding to the demand for new products.

Partnerships Between Parks & Schools Provide More Equitable Access

A recent survey from the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) showed strong support for partnerships between local schools and parks and recreation agencies to ensure equitable access to open spaces and facilities. Recent research from the Trust for Public Land shows where such partnerships might be most beneficial.

$500,000 in Grants Awarded for Water-Inspired Play Spaces

In partnership with the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA), the American Water Charitable Foundation announced the recipients of its 2021 Building Better Communities grant program. The City of Imperial Beach, Calif., and the City of Lexington, Ky., were awarded the grants, which total $500,000, to create equitable community-focused, water-inspired play areas that feature modern, state-of-the-art splash pads to teach children and families the importance of water stewardship and conservation.