August 2022

Communities Earn Grants to Improve Health Outcomes

The National Recreation & Park Association was awarded a $2.5 million grant from The Walmart Foundation to support 15 local park and recreation agencies as they develop Community Wellness Hubs. A Community Wellness Hub is a trusted gathering place that connects every member of the community to essential programs, services and spaces that advance health equity, improve health outcomes and enhance quality of life.

2022 RAISE Grants Underscore Importance of Trails & Walking Infrastructure

Rails-to-Trails Conservancy (RTC) is highlighting the number of Fiscal Year 2022 RAISE grants—the competitive, multimodal Rebuilding American Infrastructure with Sustainability and Equity program administered by the U.S. Department of Transportation—that include bicycle and pedestrian infrastructure. Across categories, most of the grants accounted for the needs of bicyclists and pedestrians, demonstrating exceptional demand for trail, walking and biking infrastructure that connects people to jobs, schools, shopping and transit.

SHAPE: High School Students Find Value in Health & Physical Education

SHAPE America - Society of Health and Physical Educators announced highlights from a recent research study that revealed valuable insight into the attitudes of high school students toward health and physical education (HPE). The study revealed that these students believe HPE is important to their future health, allowing them to develop useful skills.

Association of Aquatic Professionals Contributes to CMAHC Indoor Air Quality Study

The Association of Aquatic Professionals (AOAP) recently donated $10,000 in support of the Council for the Model Aquatic Health Code's (CMAHC) Indoor Air Quality Study, an ongoing research project focused on developing a mathematical model that will identify the connections between indoor air quality, pool design and pool operations. The results of the research will help the aquatics industry understand and better address real-world design and operational issues to enable safer air quality measurements for swimmers, patrons and aquatic staff.

New ACE Continuing Education Helps Fitness Pros Expand Their Reach to All Seeking an Active Lifestyle

In order to prepare exercise professionals to assist larger-bodied individuals who are seeking to make healthy lifestyle changes, the American Council on Exercise (ACE) and the Size Inclusive Training Academy launched a new education course, the Size Inclusive Fitness Specialist. This new course is part of ACE's larger effort to build a more inclusive fitness industry, and aims to teach a weight-neutral mentality.