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Wellness Webinars in Review

Posted By Colleen Dougherty, NC Recreation & Park Association, Monday, May 9, 2016

May 9, 2016

Happy Monday!

The summer weather is right around the corner. This time of the year is a great opportunity to discuss some of the previous webinars the Wellness Initiative has hosted during the course of 2016. There is plenty of valuable information and ideas that could potentially kick start a new program within your department! The NCRPA Vimeo page has all past webinars recorded for your convenience.

The first webinar of the year in early January featured Greg Walker, Fletcher Parks and Recreation, and Mark Scott, owner of Fleet Feet Sports in Asheville. Greg and Mark discussed key items when planning a 5k run/walk race and ways to make the event successful and enjoyable for the whole community. Some of their topics discussed: race location, setup, volunteers, race day timeline, race planning resources, sponsorships and corporate partners. For more information, click the following Vimeo link to listen to their webinar presentation: .

Our February webinar featured Jill Edwards, Black Mountain Recreation and Parks. Black Mountain’s Eat Smart program includes three community gardens, two youth gardens, a demonstration garden and their largest garden, the Dr. John Wilson Community Garden. Between all these various gardens in the Black Mountain community, the estimated annual produce is roughly 13,000 pounds! The Eat Smart Black Mountain program works to promote healthy eating and active living through hands-on gardening and nutritious programs. If you missed out on this informative webinar, click the following Vimeo link to watch:

The March webinar featured Jennie Sumrell, Director of Education at PlayCore. She discussed ways to attract more children and families to local community trails and parks. The webinar was designed to explore best practices for intentionally infusing play into outdoor environments in an effort to promote family fun, encourage healthy physically activity, and reconnect people of all ages to nature. For more information, click the following Vimeo link:

During our most recent webinar, Larry Cassella, Employee Wellness Coordinator for Town of Cary, discussed wellness programs, and why evaluating and understanding how to define ‘value’ is critical in fully defending worksite health promotion efforts. He also discussed how this can connect back to park and recreation departments. For more information, click the following Vimeo link to watch the webinar presentation:

Please stay tuned for the next webinar, Tuesday, May 24th at 1:00pm. Rob Smith, Garner Recreation and Cultural Resources, will be hosting. Parks and recreation professionals have always known the important role we play in the health and wellness of our communities. Now others are recognizing our capabilities. In this webinar, we will identify community partners and look at ways to leverage our combined resources to improve the health and well-being of our citizens. To register, click the following link:

If you would like to host a webinar or have a question regarding future webinars, then please email us or submit them on the wellness site here: (,


Tags:  Health  healthy living  Wellness Initiative  Wellness Webinars 

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