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Wellness Webinars in Review

Posted By Colleen Dougherty, NC Recreation & Park Association, Monday, May 11, 2015

Happy Monday,

Can you believe it’s almost summer? As summer approaches, it is a great opportunity to discuss some of the previous webinars the Wellness Initiative has hosted during the course of 2015. 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, hopefully they might spark some inspiration. 

The first webinar of the year in late January featured Matt Carusona and myself. We discussed 8 programs for 2015. The webinar shared program ideas and activities that could be implemented year-round. Some ideas included: an outdoor family scavenger hunt, boot camp or yoga in the park, running groups, and beach workouts. If you need more ideas or inspiration for summer programs then you can view the webinar here:  

Our February webinar featured Scott Knox from Morrisville Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources. Scott provided information regarding run groups and training for a 5k race. Scott went over key points, such as getting started, who to reach out to in your community, and vital information for organizing run groups and 5K training. If you want to learn more about run groups, you can view a video of Scotts Webinar here: 

The March webinar featured Ellis Hamburger who works on the Communications Team at Snapchat, Inc. Ellis hosted an informative webinar discussing the importance of physical activity for our overall health. Ellis discussed smartphone apps that provide us with the tools and inspiration to remind us to be more active and health aware. To learn more about other apps that inspire and support a healthier, more activity lifestyle please click the following link to listen to Ellis’s webinar:

During our most recent webinar, Beth Farrell of Thomasville Parks and Recreation, discussed the positive contributions to a community when implementing a community garden. Community Garden’s bring together the youth, adults, and seniors in the community, working together to create healthier eating options. Ultimately, it encourages exercise and healthy food access. If you would like to hear more from Beth regarding community gardens, then please click the following link to view her webinar:

Please stay tuned for the next webinar, May 27th at 1:00pm. Remember webinars occur the last Wednesday of every month from 1:00pm-2:00pm. Please mark it in your calendar, it is an opportunity to listen to departments across the state share program ideas and initiatives which ultimately benefit us all.

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:  5k Training  Community Gardens  Healthy Living  Webinars  Wellness 

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