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Living Healthy is a Lifestyle

Posted By Colleen Dougherty, NC Recreation & Park Association, Monday, June 6, 2016
Updated: Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Happy Monday!

This is a bittersweet blog to write today! If you have not heard, I have officially completed my graduate assistantship with NCRPA and will be heading to Michigan to work as the Recreation Manager for the Huron Valley Recreation and Community Education Department. It has been an honor and joy working alongside NCRPA the past two years, where I have truly increased my personal knowledge of how to live a healthier and happier lifestyle. With that being said, I would love to discuss one of my favorite lessons learned during my time spent at NCRPA.

I think the best advice I have ever received was to not view living healthy as a chore but as a lifestyle. There is always a way to make eating healthy and working out regularly enjoyable and not a hindrance to your day. It all begins with the right mindset and a smart approach! An article written by HelpGuide.Org addresses three main concepts to break through any mental barriers you may have. First, you absolutely do not need to spend hours upon hours at the gym. A little exercise is better than nothing. Studies have proven even modest amounts of physical activity can positive impact your mental and emotional health. Secondly, be kind to yourself! Research has indicated that a little self-compassion increases the likelihood that you’ll succeed in any given endeavor. Have faith in your ability and learn from any unhealthy mistakes. And lastly, always check your expectations. It is impossible to make changes over night. Instead of obsessing over results, just focus on remaining consistent and in control. There will be improvements that come faster, such as improved mood and energy, but the physical appearance takes time. I believe that overcoming any mental obstacles is the first step in living a fuller and more complete life. So believe in yourself and make those changes.

Thank you to everyone I have had the pleasure of working with during my time in North Carolina. It was a great experience working with supportive and dedicated recreation and park practitioners. Best of luck!

If you would like more information regarding the Wellness Initiative, please email us or submit your ideas on the wellness site here: (;



Tags:  NCRPA Wellness  Wellness Initiative 

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