August 29th, 2016

I hope everyone has had a great weekend!

Have you heard about  Pokemon Go? This phenomenon is sweeping the nation and getting players outside and active! Pokemon Go is an augmented reality smartphone app, which inputs virtual elements into our real world using GPS. The players’ location are tracked via an avatar on their phone screens, and fictional Pokemon characters are superimposed around them. Users are required to get active to explore their surroundings in order to catch Pokemon characters, battle other users, and collect items to be used in the game at “Pokestops” (which are usually well-known landmarks in many of our parks). The popularity of Pokemon Go has soared since its release in July.  Currently, it is the top grossing game on both the Apple App store and Google Play store. To find out how Pokemon Go is related to wellness, and to learn an easy way for your department to get in on this trend, please read the latest NCRPA Wellness Blog.

For even more information on how your department can get involved with Pokemon Go, please attend our next Wellness Webinar: “Get Going with Pokemon Go” on September 20th at 1:00 pm. This webinar will be hosted by myself and NCRPA Fellow, Nicole Miller.  We will discuss the phenomenon of Pokemon Go, show examples of departments that are successfully implementing Pokemon Go into promotions and programs, how recreation departments can embrace it to encourage physical and emotional wellness, and more. This webinar will give you a roadmap to make the most out of Pokemon Go in your community. To register, please click the following link:

If your department is doing anything cool using Pokemon Go, we’d love to hear about it! Feel free to email me at, or submit it on our Wellness Hub here

Diquan A. Edmonds | Wellness Assistant
NC Recreation & Park Association
883 Washington St, Raleigh, NC  27605

North Carolina Recreation and Park Association
883 Washington St, Raleigh, NC 27605


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