REC REPORT FEATURES

July 2022

New Research Demonstrates Power of Sport for People With Disabilities

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that one in four U.S. adults—61 million Americans—have a disability that affects their major life activities. Of those, 47% of people with a disability ages 18 to 64 reported they get no aerobic physical activity. For many of these Americans, the benefits that physical activity can have on their whole health are not widely understood.

Cities Receive Support to Improve Equitable Park Access

Trust for Public Land recently launched the 10-Minute Walk Park Equity Accelerator, simultaneously announcing an inaugural cohort of U.S. cities that will receive support to address long-standing barriers to outdoor equity. Established in 2017 with support from The JPB Foundation, TPL's 10-Minute Walk program works with more than 300 mayors and city leaders across 48 states to close the park equity gap and address cities' pressing needs around health, resilience, environmental protection, economic development and community building through parks.

Celebrate Parks & Recreation All Month Long!

It's July, which means the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) is inviting everyone to celebrate Park and Recreation Month. This year's month-long celebration's theme is "We Rise Up for Parks and Recreation," honoring the stories of how parks and recreation helps communities across the country grow stronger, more vibrant and more resilient.

U.S. Fitness Participation Reaches New Highs

Some 66.5 million U.S. consumers 6 years and older belonged to a health club or studio in 2021—more than one in five Americans. The latest data, reported by IHRSA, shows a 3.8% growth over the past two years, validating the importance of the fitness industry in spite of the challenges brought on by the COVID pandemic.