REC REPORT FEATURES

June 2022

15 Cities Join Peer Network Seeking to Increase Children's Access to Nature

Recently, 15 cities joined a national peer network with 32 other cities that are working to increase nature access for all children, regardless of race, income or ability. The National League of Cities (NLC) and the Children & Nature Network (C&NN) recently chose 15 additional cities to participate in a peer learning community of practice with the goal of advancing early childhood nature connection strategies.

CPSC: Fatal Child Drownings Remain High

Fatal child drownings and nonfatal drowning injuries in children younger than 15 remain high, according to the annual drowning and submersion report from the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC). CPSC urged families to make water safety a priority, particularly as children return to community pools and summer camps after two summers of COVID precautions that lowered attendance at public swimming venues. Child drownings continue to be the leading cause of unintentional death among children ages 1 to 4.

ACSM-AMSSM: Athlete Screening Should Adapt to the COVID-19 Pandemic

With COVID-19 infection leading to increased problems with inflammatory heart disease among athletes, the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) and the American Medical Society for Sports Medicine (AMSSM) have published a joint call-to-action, indicating that preparticipation cardiovascular screening is recommended by all major professional organizations overseeing the clinical care of competitive athletes.

Study: Green Schoolyards Bring Major Benefits, Cost Savings

A new study shows that schools can get a fourfold return on investments in transforming asphalt-covered and treeless schoolyards into green schoolyards, effectively dispelling common misconceptions about the price tag of such work. Trust for Public Land commissioned MKThink, a strategic design consultancy, to conduct a cost-benefit analysis comparing "gray" and "green" schoolyards that concluded investments in green schoolyards yield myriad benefits, and can return benefits of up to four times the initial cost.