June 2, 2014

I hope that you all had a wonderful holiday weekend! Though Memorial Day isn’t the official start of summer, it is a reminder to many of us in the parks and recreation profession that summer programming is about to begin. Below are several resources that might help you promote wellness in your summer camps, sports, and other programs for kids:

  • Be Active Kids has a great series of program ideas built around one piece of equipment (such as a beach ball, milk jug, or pool noodle). It’s definitely worth checking out!
  •  At our Healthy Eating Workshops, I learned about the Partnership for Food Safety Education’s Fight BAC curriculum, which is a great free resource for teaching kids about food safety. There are activity and teaching guides for ages K-12, as well as quite a few coloring pages. This is important resource for any programs with cooking classes!
  •  If your programs take kids outside, the National Wildlife Federation’s lessons for teaching kids about species they might encounter outdoors might be useful for you.
Finally, I have a few Wellness Initiative updates for you:
  • If you missed last week’s webinar on Bike and Pedestrian Connectivity to Parks, you can watch it here. There is a lot of great information about different ways to promote bike and ped access, as well as resources for funding. Our next webinar is June 24, and the topic is Healthy Vending. Staff from Cabarrus County Active Living and Parks will be presenting. Register now.
  • The Triangle Healthy Food Workshop will be June 19th in Raleigh. I will have more details soon. Save the date!


Erin Crouse
Graduate Assistant, NC Recreation & Park Association
883 Washington St, Raleigh, NC  27605


North Carolina Recreation and Park Association
883 Washington St, Raleigh, NC 27506


The NCRPA Wellness Bulletin is supported by
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whose mission is to improve the health and well-being of North Carolinians.