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The NC Recre8'er - is the Blog for NC Recreation and Parks Professionals. We will feature posts from NCRPA members and staff about all the latest news, insights and tips in our field and around the state. Topics will include but are not limited to: Health and Wellness, Outdoor Recreation, Athletics, Advocacy, Aquatics, Therapeutic Recreation, Special Events, Marketing, Parks and Greenways, Cultural Resources and more! If you are interested in being a guest blogger please contact Matt at NCRPA Matt@ncrpa.net or 919-832-5868. The opinions of The NC Recre8'er (NCRPA) blog contributors don't necessarily reflect the editorial position of North Carolina Recreation and Park Association as a whole.

 

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NC Recre8 5k Success!

Posted By Colleen Dougherty, NC Recreation & Park Association, Monday, April 18, 2016

Happy Monday,

I hope everyone enjoyed this beautiful weekend! It looks like the spring weather is here to stay. It was indeed a successful weekend for NCRPA and 10 recreation and park departments located across the state of North Carolina.

This past Saturday, 9:30am exactly, 9 locations took part in the first every NC Recre8 5k run/walk! Both veteran and rookie runners collaborated together at various locations, including: Fletcher, Graham/Burlington, High Point, Jacksonville, Vale, New Bern, Roxboro, Boone, and Wake Forest. Every host location did their share in making it an enjoyable and healthy experience for all their participants.

With roughly 275 total participants, adults and children joined together for a common mission, and that was to promote parks and recreation on a statewide level! The funds raised from the race will be dedicated towards the advancement of recreation in our state. A special thank you to the host sites and sponsors, without your support and dedication, the NC Recre8 5k would not have been as successful as it was! We would love to continue the Recre8 5k as an annual event, and to bring in more contributing departments next year. Please let us know if you are interested, have suggestions or would like more information regarding the Recre8 5k event.

For those who do not know, Matt Carusona will be departing NCRPA for a wonderful career opportunity. He played a vital role in developing the NC Recre8 5k and making it what it was. Please join me as we thank him for his dedication and time spent at NCRPA, and of course, all his accomplishments so far. We wish him the best of luck in his future endeavors.

The next Wellness Webinar will be Tuesday, April 26 at 1:00pm. Larry Cassella, Employee Wellness Coordinator for Town of Cary, will be hosting. The topic will focus on wellness programs, and how evaluating and understanding how to define ‘value’ is critical in fully defending worksite health promotion efforts. Click the following link to register for the webinar: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/1195821523648113412

If you were part of the NC Recre8 5k, then we would love to hear from you and your experience! Please email us or submit your ideas on the wellness site here: (colleen@ncrpa.net, http://www.ncrpa.net/?Wellnesssub)

Best,

Colleen

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Every Kid Healthy Week

Posted By Colleen Dougherty, NC Recreation & Park Association, Monday, April 11, 2016

Happy Monday,

I hope everyone is enjoying the spring weather and taking some time to be active and get outside! My blog today is dedicated to children’s health and wellness. For those who do not know, the last full week of April 25th – 29th, is “Every Kid Healthy Week.” Every Kid Healthy Week is an annual observance created to celebrate school health and wellness achievements and recognized on the calendar of National Health Observances. This special event highlights great efforts of both school and community partners who are improving the health and wellness of children, and the link between nutrition, physical activity and healthy education. The Action for Healthy Kids site has plenty of resources and programs to refer to for help and ideas. The site provides ideas for games, volunteering, school grants for heathy kids and understanding local wellness policies!

NCRPA wants to hear from your department! If you have any health awareness programs dedicated to positive youth development, please send us the information for us to share during the last week of April! Help spark ideas and motivate other departments to take part in the Every Kid Healthy Week observance.

This Saturday, April 16th, is the NC Recre8 5k at 10 locations across North Carolina. NCRPA is challenging your department to get actively involved and find a location near you to participate! If you have yet to register, refer to our 5k homepage to find a race: www.ncparkrun.com. If you are waiting to see if the weather is shining (which it will!), then you can register on race day at any of the locations listed. Create a running team within your department and make it a day to remember. Click the following link for more information and select a race location by you: www.ncparkrun.com. Don’t forget to use the code LGFCU and save $5 dollars on your registration!  

The next Wellness Webinar will be Tuesday, April 26 at 1:00pm. Larry Cassella, Employee Wellness Coordinator for Town of Cary, will be hosting. The topic will focus on wellness programs, and how evaluating and understanding how to define ‘value’ is critical in fully defending worksite health promotion efforts. Click the following link to register for the webinar: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/1195821523648113412

If you have any ideas or suggestions regarding department’s participating in Every Kid Healthy Week, then please email us or submit your ideas on the wellness site here: (colleen@ncrpa.net, http://www.ncrpa.net/?Wellnesssub)

Colleen

 

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Working Out Around Any Weather

Posted By Colleen Dougherty, NC Recreation & Park Association, Monday, April 4, 2016

April 4, 2016

Happy Monday,

As we enter into April, the rainy weather can damper some spring-eager moods and may even prevent your daily workout! Don’t let the rainy weather interrupt your workout routine. This blog discusses some ways to work around the weather and stay on track with your spring and summer goals.

The Active Times shares some great ideas to keep you motivated. First, workout in the rain! Don’t let the wet weather discourage you, go outside and make the most out of it. You’re going to be sweating anyways, especially in the humid weather, so the rain may be even a little refreshing. In fact, according to the Daily Health Post, studies have proven that runners working out in the rain have higher levels of oxygen consumption and overall more calories burned than participants working out in dry conditions. If you go for a walk or run in the rain, then you should consider some rain gear to aid with your workout. A baseball hat will protect your eyes from the rain or even sunglasses. Make sure to wear bright colors for people to spot you while you are out walking or running on the sidewalks. Rain jackets are also a good option, they’re made of breathable material and will also keep you a bit drier. Additionally, the great thing about North Carolina is that there are plenty of hiking or running trails, no matter your location. Hiking or trail running on a rainy day will almost guarantee you will have the trail to yourself. Just be safe and go at your own pace in-case of slick mud or pavement. Another option is to utilize sunrooms, decks or patios that are protected by an overhang or roof. Bodyweight circuits are a great option to train in a smaller space that requires limited equipment! Bodyweight circuits can include squats, lunges, and core workouts, and is easily accessible by looking up circuits online, check-out pinterest! Lastly, schedule your workouts around the weather. If you really want to avoid the rain, check the weekly forecast and prep your workouts for either the morning, mid-afternoon or evening in attempt to get your daily exercise requirements. There are plenty of options and opportunities to plan your workout in rainy weather, so get creative and have some fun!

Remember the Recre8’s 5k registration is up and running (no pun intended)! The race will take place on Saturday, April 16, at 12 locations across North Carolina. NCRPA is challenging your department to get actively involved and find a location near you to participate! Even if your department is not directly hosting, the race is still important for you to be involved in one way or another. The NC Recre8 5k is helping promote parks and recreation on a statewide level, and the funds raised will support the advancement of recreation in our state. So please help increase awareness and become involved simply by participating on April 16th! Create a running team within your department and make it a day to remember. Click the following link for more information and select a race location by you: www.ncparkrun.com

If you have any suggestions regarding working out in the rain, then please email us or submit your ideas on the wellness site here: (colleen@ncrpa.net, http://www.ncrpa.net/?Wellnesssub) Colleen

Colleen

Tags:  Get Outside  Spring Weather  Wellness 

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National Public Health Week

Posted By Colleen Dougherty, NC Recreation & Park Association, Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Happy Tuesday,

Another month is upon us and in honor of the first day of April, my blog is dedicated to National Public Health Week, April 4-10. Every year during the first week of April, the American Public Health Association (APHA) brings together communities across the United States for a common mission. APHA’s goal is to recognize the contributions of public health and to highlight issues that are important to improving our nation. APHA focuses on a variety of topics, such as: building a safe nation, establishing healthy communities, implementing youth education, providing quality health care, and strengthening public health infrastructure.

One of APHA’s topics includes being able to give everyone a choice of healthy food within your community. According to the APHA, there is a direct link between poor nutrition and many of the leading causes of death in American, such as heart disease, some cancers, stroke and diabetes. Additionally, data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows most U.S. youth don’t eat enough fruits, vegetables or whole grains, with many exceeding the recommended maximum daily intake of sodium and sugar.

So what can we do? During National Public Health Week and beyond, NCRPA challenges your department to start making changes in your community for the better. Inform your community on how kids and adults can have access to healthier and cleaner food. Listed are three ideas your department can engage in. First, implement a community garden. Refer to NCRPA’s Community Gardens page for ideas on creating and establishing a successful garden within your community. Another idea is to encourage your community to use local produce! Purchasing local food general means that you are receiving a fresher product, as well as supporting your community’s economy. Check-out NCRPA’s Local Produce page for more information. Lastly, provide healthy vending policies in your park and recreation facilities year-round. NCRPA’s Vending page discusses how to develop healthy food guidelines, and locating a vendor that is willing to provide healthier options. There are plenty of vending companies that service North Carolina that include healthy options, some are: Grow Healthy Vending, Smart Fuel/Smart Choice and Be Better Vending. For more ideas, visit NPHW’s Healthy Foods page.

NCRPA is challenging your department to become involved in National Public Health Week in one way or another. Please email us or submit your ideas on the wellness site here: (colleen@ncrpa.net,http://www.ncrpa.net/?Wellnesssub).

Colleen   

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Dependent on Spell Check?

Posted By Michelle Wells, North Carolina Recreation and Park Association, Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Is that mispelled misspelled? 


I am dependent on Spell Check. How about you? I’m old enough to remember when desktop computers, laptops, tablets and hand held devices were not the norm. I remember how great it was, and still is, when spell check became part of our world. When you see that little red squiggly line below a word, you know it needs some work. Then you can click on it and options for correctly spelled words appear. No more looking it up in the dictionary or asking someone else how to spell it.

How great is that? And how dependent on it have we come?

Sometimes too dependent!

What about when you’ve completed that online form for a grant or scholarship and you review it, you don’t see that red squiggly line under any words and click submit. WARNING: Not all online forms have built in editors to catch misspelled words.

Let me share some quick tips I use to help me.

The simplest solution I can recommend is to create your content in Word before submitting then copy and paste it into the form!

Ever see the instruction “Please tell us in 250 words or less…” and wonder how you were going to determine that? Word can help you here also. Create or paste your text into a Word document and on the lower left part of the screen, it tells you how many words are in your document. Need to know about a specific section? Select it and the magic number appears.

Yes, these might be a bit old school but they work. Matt Carusona here in the NCRPA office recently showed me Grammarly. It works to catch spelling and grammar mistakes in documents if you upload your text and when creating online content. Sounds like a great addition to my toolbox!

I hope you will find some of these tips helpful and give them a try the next time you complete an online form and try to remember “What will the person receiving the information see?” and look at it from their standpoint before clicking submit.

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The Positive Benefits of the Great Outdoors

Posted By Colleen Dougherty, NC Recreation & Park Association, Monday, March 21, 2016

Happy Monday,

Spring has officially begun and the warmer weather is here to stay. Sometimes we need a simple reminder of why it is both physically and mentally healthy to spend time outdoors, especially during this time of the year! My blog discusses the positive benefits of taking time to ourselves each day and enjoying the great outdoors

According to the Appalachian Trails blog, getting outside has multiple health benefits that will improve your everyday life. First, more time spent outsides means increased Vitamin D. Those who do not get enough Vitamin D have an increased chance of developing osteoporosis, some cancers and Alzheimer’s disease. Additionally, the positive effects of getting enough daily sunlight can help with the prevention of diabetes, auto immune disorders, and heart disease! Another obvious benefit is exercise! It is hard to get outside without exercising, and exercise can help prevent or improve heart disease, strokes, diabetes, obesity, back pain, osteoporosis and more health disorders. Additionally, exercising outdoors has benefits over indoor gyms; people who run outside exert more energy than those on treadmills or elliptical! Take a small walk during the day or find a local park to explore the nature surroundings, the options are limitless. Time outdoors also has psychological benefits! Spending time outdoors has been linked to improved attention spans and shows increased activity in the parts of the brain responsible for empathy, emotional stability, and love! The benefits of being outside is truly endless. For another source, Health Magazine provides further benefits of being in the outdoors. Make sure to share this information with your department and community to encourage people to lead healthier and less-stressful lives outdoors.  

Remember the Recre8’s 5k registration is up and running (no pun intended)! The race will take place on Saturday, April 16, at 12 locations across North Carolina. NCRPA is challenging your department to get actively involved and find a location near you to participate! Even if you department is not directly hosting, the race is still important for you to be involved in one way or another. The NC Recre8 5k is helping promote parks and recreation on a statewide level, and the funds raised will support the advancement of recreation in our state. So please help increase awareness and become involved simply by participating on April 16th! Create a running team within your department and make it a day to remember. Click the following link for more information and select a race location by you: www.ncparkrun.com

If you would like to share your ideas and suggestions involving spending more time outdoors or the NC Recre8 5k please email us or submit them on the wellness site here: (colleen@ncrpa.net, http://www.ncrpa.net/?Wellnesssub)

Colleen

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Green Healthy Treats for St. Patrick's Day

Posted By Colleen Dougherty, NC Recreation & Park Association, Monday, March 14, 2016

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

With clocks set an hour ahead and the first day of spring this Sunday, it seems like we can finally start enjoying warmer and longer days ahead. Additionally, St. Patrick’s Day is this Thursday, and you may find yourself creating holiday treats to share with your department, family or a holiday party. This blog discusses some fun, healthy and green alternatives to help get you into the St. Patrick’s Day spirit!

I’ll provide the link for each healthy treat discussed so you can get the complete recipe! Pinterest also has a never-ending selection of healthy St. Patrick’s Day recipes that you can refer to as well!  First up is the healthy avocado deviled eggs, this gluten free treat requires hard cooked eggs, avocado, jalapeno, onion, chives, white vinegar, Dijon mustard and low no-fat plain yogurt and you got yourself a tasty green treat to share! Next, create your own edible rainbow by distributing strawberries, oranges, cantaloupe, blue berries, grapes and banana in the shape of a rainbow with marshmallows at each end! This is a fun, decorative, and healthy fruit plate to share with your department or family! Next, create your own spinach artichoke hummus dip to share with your department for an afternoon green snack. This easy and quick recipe requires chickpeas, spinach, artichoke hearts, tahini, lemon juice, olive oil, garlic, sea salt and pepper. Combine all ingredients, blend together and your dip is ready to eat! Want something a bit sweeter? Create your own pot of gold with lemon Jell-O inside a cut-out lime or green bowl, with whipped cream on top! The ideas are endless, so be sure to have fun this St. Patrick’s Day and create your own tasty, healthy, green treat.  

Remember the Recre8 5k registration is up and running (no pun intended)! The race will take place on Saturday, April 16, at various locations across North Carolina including: Statesville, Fletcher, Boone, High Point, Charlotte, Wake Forest, Graham, Concord, Vale, New Bern, Jacksonville, Roxboro. NCRPA is challenging your department to get actively involved and find a location near you to participate! Even if you department is not directly hosting, the race is still important for you to be involved in one way or another. The NC Recre8 5k is helping promote parks and recreation on a statewide level, and the funds raised will support the advancement of recreation in our state. So please help increase awareness and become involved simply by participating on April 16th! Create a running team within your department and make it a day to remember. Click the following link for more information and select a race location by you: www.ncparkrun.com

If you would like to share your ideas and suggestions involving St. Patrick’s Day or the NC Recre8 5k please email us or submit them on the wellness site here: (colleen@ncrpa.net, http://www.ncrpa.net/?Wellnesssub)

Colleen

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Healthy Community Egg Hunts

Posted By Colleen Dougherty, NC Recreation & Park Association, Monday, March 7, 2016

Happy Monday,

I hope everyone is having a great start to March! The first day of spring (March, 20th) is approaching fast. With the start of spring comes lots of outdoor activities, including egg hunts! Just because we are outside and more active we cannot forget to focus on healthy eating as we are all eager to get outside and active! This blog will discuss some healthy alternatives when it comes to stuffing eggs with prizes and treats for your community egg hunts.

First, Raleigh Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources emphasize the importance of physical activity and eating healthy. Their annual egg hunt offers healthier snack options and prizes rather than candy during their egg hunts. Additionally, a portion of the eggs are “Eco Eggs,” which are plant versus petroleum based-eggs made in the USA. Eco Eggs are BPA free, contain 100% renewable content and are fully compostable after use! Furthermore, Medical Alert Foundation provides healthy and safe ways to enjoy the traditional egg hunt among your community. Interestingly enough, Easter is only second to Halloween, when it comes to kids eating sugary treats such as peeps and chocolate bunnies.  Instead of hiding chocolate in the eggs for children to find, you can hide: stickers, spring themed erasers, plastic bracelets, bouncy balls, shoelaces, hair ties, and necklaces. You can even fill the eggs up with healthier treats, such as pretzels, dark chocolate (which is a healthier chocolate option), dried fruit, granola, fruit loops cereal or flavored popcorn! Make sure to get creative during this traditional spring community event! For additional ideas or suggestions, visit the Feels Like Home blog for 106 things to put in the eggs, there are an endless amount of healthy options!

Lastly, as you all know, NC Recre8’s statewide 5k registration is up and running (no pun intended)! The race will take place on Saturday, April 16, at various locations across North Carolina including: Statesville, Fletcher, Boone, High Point, Charlotte, Wake Forest, Graham, Concord, Vale, New Bern, Jacksonville, Roxboro. NCRPA is challenging your department to get actively involved and find a location near you to participate! Even if you department is not directly hosting, the race is still important for you to be involved in one way or another. The NC Recre8 5k is helping promote parks and recreation on a statewide level, and the funds raised will support the advancement of recreation in our state. So please help increase awareness and become involved simply by participating on April 16th! Create a running team within your department and make it a day to remember. Click the following link for more information and select a race location by you: www.ncparkrun.com

If you would like to share your ideas and suggestions involving community egg hunts or the NC Recre8 5k please email us or submit them on the wellness site here: (colleen@ncrpa.net, http://www.ncrpa.net/?Wellnesssub)

Colleen

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NC Connect - 3 Million for Local Parks

Posted By Administration, Thursday, March 3, 2016

Did you know the NC Connect bond package includes $78 million for parks in NC?  The answer is yes there is $75M for state park projects and $3M for local parks?  While $3M is a smaller part of the overall picture and is not getting much coverage in the media, we wanted to make sure you knew.  With passage of the bond on March 15, the $3M will be allocated to the Parks & Recreation Trust Fund and shall be used exclusively for grants to local government units or public authorities for construction of special facilities or adaptation of existing facilities that meet the unique needs of children with physical and developmental disabilities and veterans with physical and developmental disabilities and enable them to participate in recreational and sporting activities, regardless of their abilities. In order to receive such proceeds a local government unit or public authority shall provide matching funds in the amount of one dollar ($1.00) of local funds for every four dollars ($4.00) of such proceeds. Grants shall not exceed five hundred thousand dollars ($500,000) per project. 

This grant would operate as a separate process and with a separate timeline through the Parks & Recreation Trust Fund.  Announcements and information will be shared pending passage of NC Connect on March 15. For information on NC Connect, visit http://connect.nc.gov/ or https://www.voteyestoinvest.com/ 

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National Nutrition Month

Posted By Colleen Dougherty, NC Recreation & Park Association, Monday, February 29, 2016

Happy Monday,

Tomorrow is the beginning of March, which means one step closer to spring and Daylight Savings time (Sunday, March 13th, for those who forget to adjust their clocks…like me every year). Along with the extra daylight and warmer weather, March is also known as National Nutrition Month!

The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics has ways to get involved that help to increase awareness of making informed food choices and develop sound eating and physical activity habits. The following information will hopefully inspire a year-round dedication to healthy habits and an improved lifestyle. The goal is to create opportunities to teach your communities, departments and families’ easy ways they can start to make improvements to their nutrition and ultimately lead a healthier way of life.

Here are some ideas:

-Use social media to send out daily recipes or exercise ideas to your community. Follow National Nutrition Month on the Academy’s social media channels, Facebook &Twitter, to gather more ideas and information.  Use #NNM hashtag if you send information via Twitter or Facebook.

- Contact your local public library and schedule a story time or nutrition program. Provide information on Eat Right nutrition trips for adults and children. Another idea is to organize a National Nutrition Month presentation at your local park or even senior center.

- Encourage your department to share healthy recipes and exercise tips through the use of your departments e-news or printed monthly newsletters. Reach out to local health professionals to create other opportunities to inform your community on ways to develop sound eating and physical activity habits.

-Lastly, remember leading a healthy life extends past healthy eating habits. Motivate your department in making an effort to make physical activity a part of their daily routine. Some ideas include morning yoga, run groups, or daily walks, which will reduce the chance of chronic illnesses and increase energy levels throughout the day.  

I challenge all of you to take the lead and raise awareness for National Nutrition Month. Taking the proper steps to lead a healthier life can have positive results, such as improving your mood, reducing stress, and increasing endurance and stamina. For more information on National Nutrition Month, click here.

Our March Wellness Webinar will be hosted tomorrow at 1:00pm by Jennie Sumrell, Director of Education at PlayCore. She will be discussing ways to attract more children and families to local community trails and parks. The webinar is 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. To register please click the link: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/3009011854035595265

NC Recre8’s statewide 5k is excited to announce registration is now live! The race will take place on Saturday, April 16, at various locations across North Carolina. Click the following link for more information and to check if there are any race locations by you: www.ncparkrun.com

If you would like to share your ideas and suggestions regarding National Nutrition Month, please email us or submit them on the wellness site here: (colleen@ncrpa.net, http://www.ncrpa.net/?Wellnesssub)

Colleen

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Prepare For Any Weather: Winter to Spring Workouts

Posted By Colleen Dougherty, NC Recreation & Park Association, Monday, February 22, 2016

Happy Monday,

I hope everyone is doing well today! Many times the transition between the winter and spring months can be both difficult and unpredictable to dress for, especially when heading out the door for a walk or run. This blog discusses some easy, quick tips you can use or share with your community to prepare for an outdoor workout during this time of year.  

Active provides some great advice to help ensure your runs are not only safe and enjoyable, but also continue to motivate you to be actively engaged in the outdoors. First, dressing in layers is critical. Consider wearing several thin layers of clothing, which helps to trap warm air between each layer, keeping you much warmer then wearing one heavy layer. Second, make sure to wear the proper fabrics. Materials such as polypropylene, dri-fit, and some wool/synthetic blends wick moisture away from your body and keep you as warm and dry as possible. Avoid wearing cotton because it does not wick moisture, and has minimal insulating ability, which will leave you wet, cold and very uncomfortable. Lastly, cover exposed skin as much as possible. Wearing a hat and gloves is necessary if the temperature is on the chillier side. Covering your head and hands will trap the heat longer, keeping you warm and comfortable on the run. Also note, always have your phone on you, just in case of any emergencies! For more running advice, refer to Active for tips for running in cold weather. Runner’s World also has a great guide to create your own workout outfit by selecting gender, temperature, time of day and intensity of the run!

Our March Wellness Webinar will be hosted by Jennie Sumrell, Director of Education at PlayCore. She will be discussing ways to attract more children and families to local community trails and parks. The webinar is 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. The webinar will take place on Tuesday, March 1st at 1:00pm. To register please click the link: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/3009011854035595265

NC Recre8’s statewide 5k is excited to announce registration is now live! The race will take place on Saturday, April 16, at various locations across North Carolina. Click the following link for more information and to check if there are any race locations by you: www.ncparkrun.com

If you would like to share your ideas regarding outdoor winter and spring workouts, please email us or submit them on the wellness site here: (colleen@ncrpa.net, http://www.ncrpa.net/?Wellnesssub)

Colleen

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Eat Smart: Black Mountain's Community Gardens

Posted By Colleen Dougherty, NC Recreation & Park Association, Monday, February 15, 2016
Updated: Friday, February 12, 2016

Happy Monday,

Last week we were lucky enough to have Jill Edwards, Black Mountain Recreation and Parks, host our February Wellness Webinar. She discussed their Eat Smart Black Mountain program. Black Mountain has been extremely successful in creating, and maintaining their community gardens, as well as offering healthy eating education. This week’s blog discusses Black Mountain’s community gardens concepts and ideas to aid your department in implementing similar programs.

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 these various gardens, the Black Mountain community has an estimated annual produce yield of roughly 13,000 pounds. The fruits grown include, but are not limited to: apples, blackberries, blueberries, pawpaws, strawberries, and watermelon. Some of the vegetables grown are: asparagus, beans, beets, broccoli, cabbage, carrots, kale, leeks, lettuce, onion, peppers, potatoes and spinach.

Their success with community gardens stems from the asset based community development (ABCD) concept. ABCD is a process by which neighborhood regeneration can be achieved by locating all of the available local assets and connecting them with one another in ways that multiply their effect. ABCD’s breakdown includes five categories: associations, individuals, institutions, local ecology and local economy. Briefly, associations include groups that are powered by individuals. Mainly focusing on how individuals can motivate groups of people to come together for a common goal and to empower communities to produce and eat healthier foods. Next, individuals, which includes residents and volunteers, also have a strong impact on creating and maintaining community gardens. Volunteers are the heart and soul of community projects, like gardens. Institutions, like businesses, non-profits, and public organizations can play a part in offering options and getting community members involved in these type of developments. The next category, local ecology, is what the land around you has to offer, it is important to understand what sort of fruits and vegetables can be grown around you. And lastly, the local economy, including arborist, garden shops and various sponsors, can establish local community goals and missions to inspire people to come together and grow a healthier community. Jill also discusses resources, such as American Community Garden Associations, NRPA Grow your Park, as well as our NCRPA Community Gardens page, which offers suggestions, tips and ideas when establishing your own community garden,

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: https://vimeo.com/154759752

Lastly, NC Recre8’s statewide 5k is excited to announce registration is now live! The race will take place on Saturday, April 16, at various locations across North Carolina. Click the following link for more information and to check if there are any race locations by you: www.ncparkrun.com

If you would like to share your ideas regarding community gardens, please email us or submit them on the wellness site here: (colleen@ncrpa.net, http://www.ncrpa.net/?Wellnesssub)

Colleen 

Tags:  Community Gardens  Healthy Eating  Wellness 

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Heart Healthy Valentine's Day Treats

Posted By Colleen Dougherty, NC Recreation & Park Association, Monday, February 8, 2016

Happy Monday,

I hope everyone is enjoying February so far. This coming Sunday is Valentine’s Day! A day you may seek to indulge in a few favorite treats and to stray away from the healthy New Year’s resolution. However, you can still treat yourself with healthy, but tasty, treats! This blog discusses some quick, easy alternative foods to share on Valentine’s Day.

There are festive and eye-catching vegetable Valentine’s Day snacks that are easy to prepare and serve. Try celery with peanut butter and dried cranberries, or vegetable based pastries, which is a great fibrous alternative to Valentine’s Day cakes. Other healthier food alternatives include: zucchini bread, pumpkin bread, and apple bread or carrot cake. If you are baking these treats, one idea is to use whole wheat flower instead of white flour. Need a main dish? Create a healthy, veggie pizza, and add heart-shaped tomato cutouts to serve for dinner or to bring it in for a department Valentine’s Day party. You can also dip small pieces of fruit in dark chocolate for a nutritious, sweet snack. The ideas are endless, for more visit Healthy Valentine’s Day Snacks. For other healthy snack guidelines, visit our Healthy Snacks webpage.

Following theme of healthy eating. Our next Wellness Webinar is tomorrow, Tuesday, February 9th, hosted by Jill Edwards and Diana McCall, of Black Mountain Recreation and Parks. Jill and Diana will be discussing their Eat Smart Black Mountain program. Black Mountain has been extremely successful in creating and maintaining their community gardens and offering healthy eating education. The Eat Smart Black Mountain program works to promote healthy eating and active living through hands-on gardening and nutritious programs.  Register for the webinar to learn more how you can impact your community with a garden like Black Mountains: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/7113675677016197121

Lastly, NC Recre8’s statewide 5k is excited to announce registration is now live! The race will take place on Saturday, April 16, at various locations across North Carolina. Click the following link for more information and to check if there are any race locations by you: www.ncparkrun.com

If you have any ideas for healthy alternatives for Valentine’s Day, please email us or submit them on the wellness site here: (colleen@ncrpa.net, http://www.ncrpa.net/?Wellnesssub)

Colleen 

Tags:  Healthy Snacks  Live Healthy  Valentine's Day 

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What is your Impact?

Posted By MICHELLE WELLS, NC RECREATION & PARK ASSN, Thursday, February 4, 2016
Updated: Thursday, February 4, 2016

 

 

As a profession we often focus on the economic impact parks & recreation has on a community. But that is just a small piece of how our jobs can change lives and impact communities .  
- Photo courtesy of Burlington Recreation & Parks  

 

Did you know Operations and Capital Spending at Local and Regional Parks in NC created just over $3 Billion in economic activity in 2013 and supported 26,278 jobs in our state?  The Economic Impact of Local Parks* study, provides estimates of the direct, indirect and induced effects of local and regional park agency spending on the economy. The spending in the study includes both annual operations and capital expenditures. The report includes estimates of economic output, value added (i.e., GDP), employment and labor income.  This study allows us to quantify what this profession does in our state.  NRPA has worked to put a numeric value on what we do.  Thank you NRPA!

  

But our impact is more than just dollars and cents right?

 

Is it Increased self-esteem for youth participants?

 

What about better physical fitness for people of all ages?

 

Stress reduction?

 

Cleaner air and water?

 

Smiles?

 

It is all of those things, and so much more!

 

I’m pretty sure if I were to ask each of you how you make an impact in your community, I would find some similarities in answers. I also think there would be some unique answers which hold special meaning to just you. 

 

The truth of this question is that we probably only know a small amount of the impact we have.  There are so many untold stories of how a person’s life has been positively changed by this profession.  The next time you are at one of your programs or facilities, take a moment and look at the people.  Look at their faces.  Notice the smiles.  That is a result of positive impact. 

 

While it may seem we are always focused on the economic impact of what we do for our communities, we cannot discount the everyday things we do as park and recreation professionals that enhance the quality of life for the people we serve.

 

Never forget this profession allows you the opportunity to give smiles.  And when the stresses of the job seem overwhelming, look for the smiles and remember the passion you have for this profession!

 

 

*The Economic Impact of Local Parks, commissioned by NRPA and conducted by George Washington University – http://www.nrpa.org/parkeconreport/

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American Heart Month

Posted By Colleen Dougherty, NC Recreation & Park Association, Monday, February 1, 2016

Happy first day of February,

 

In celebration of a new month and hopefully warmer days ahead, my blog will focus on February being American Heart Month. American Heart Month is relevant to the Wellness Initiative in more ways than one. My past blogs have discussed healthy eating, employee wellness, and physical activity, which ultimately impacts the health of your heart! Part of our duty as recreation and park employees is to continue to provide information to our community regarding topics that enable them to live healthy lifestyles.

 

According to the U.S Department of Health and Human Services, heart disease is one of the leading cause of death for both men and women in the United States. Heart disease can be caused by a stroke, stress, unhealthy eating habits and high blood pressure.  However, heart disease can be prevented when people start making conscious decisions to manage their health conditions. Throughout the month of February, we can help our communities, departments and families to learn how to fight heart disease.

Here are some simple ideas to get started:

  • Social media can be a strong source to advocate healthy recipes and exercise tips. Provide health information to your community by using Facebook, Twitter or Instagram. Additionally, send a tweet about American Heart Month, and follow American Heart Association on Twitter to receive daily news and updates: https://twitter.com/American_Heart
  • Motivate your department to make physical activity a part of their work day. Introduce ideas such as a morning yoga sessions, walking during a break, or a run group after work. The objective is to create a common goal with your peers and coworkers!
  • Reach out to local health professionals to create opportunities to inform your community on ways to prevent heart disease. You can even host a community health fair where families learn more about healthy eating and physical activity.
  • Remember, half the battle is getting the right information out to the community! I challenge all of you to take the lead and raise awareness for American Heart Month in support of healthier communities and healthier lives. For more information please visit: http://www.cdc.gov/features/heartmonth/

If you have any ideas for promoting American Heart Month within your community and department, please email us or submit them on the wellness site here: (colleen@ncrpa.net, http://www.ncrpa.net/?Wellnesssub)

 

Colleen

Tags:  American Heart Association  American Heart Month  Healthy Living 

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