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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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Jan Parker NRPA Congress Scholarship has Profound Impact!

Posted By Matthew Carusona, North Carolina Recreation and Park Association, Friday, December 12, 2014
Updated: Thursday, December 11, 2014

This summer Billy Wilkes, Assistant Director with Craven County Parks & Recreation was announced as the winner of the Jan Parker NRPA Congress Scholarship. This new scholarship was funded with revenue generated through the NCRPA Visa Debit Card in cooperation with the Local Government Federal Credit Union. Billy’s scholarship included congress registration and $200 towards travel and lodging expenses. NCRPA staff was able to catch up with Billy at congress and it was evident that he was both humbled and excited for the opportunity. In his application, Billy stated, “My passion for the parks and recreation field is really simple. I enjoy giving back to a field that has given me so much. From a young age, I played every sport imaginable, attended any camps and special events when offered and was a fixture at the local recreation center. Parks and Recreation truly kept me out of trouble. I love being part of a field that can positively affect the lives of people of all ages”. Many thanks to everyone who uses their NCRPA Visa Debit Card and helps us fund initiatives such as this. If you don’t have the NCRPA Visa Debit Card and would like more information on how to get yours, visit www.ncrpa.net/debitcard or contact the NCRPA office. 

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Introducing The NC Recre8'er Blog

Posted By Matthew Carusona, North Carolina Recreation and Park Association, Wednesday, December 10, 2014
Updated: Wednesday, December 10, 2014

The NC Recre8'er  is the Blog for NC for 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, Camps, Leadership, Cultural Resources and more! If you are interested in being a guest blogger please contact me: 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 & Park Association as a whole. 

 

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Where Are We Going?

Posted By Dale Smith, 2015 NCRPA President., Wednesday, December 10, 2014
Updated: Wednesday, December 10, 2014

“You cannot grow unless you are willing to change.  You will never improve yourself if you cling to what used to be” - Leon Brown 

I am an avid reader now that I am retired and regularly save different quotes that are meaningful and inspire me to be better.  That is exactly what Leon Brown’s quote does for me when I think about the future of our Association.  Whether it is apparent or not, NCRPA is at a crossroads and it is time to evolve or lose our relevance. Associations across the country along with ours are facing challenges that have diminished the effectiveness of Associations overall, however it is our goal to understand this climate and prepare NCRPA for the future.

Over the past few years, NCRPA has both adopted a Strategic Plan and worked with Pro’s Consulting to develop a Membership and Marketing Plan (Project Supercharged!).  After careful review of each plan and much discussion by the Executive Board, we have determined that the first step in this process is to review our structure.  Dr. Joy James, Associate Professor in Recreation Management, at Appalachian State University will chair a committee of 9 professionals that represent our diverse membership. This committee will review the Association’s structure to make sure that we have a sustainable working model for the future.  They have been given a great deal of information to review and are charged to provide a recommendation to the Executive Board by April 2015.

As this committee works diligently to understand the climate associations must operate in and makes suggestions for viable change, committee members will be blogging about their progress. These blog posts will help keep YOU the association members informed and engaged in this important venture that will eventually lay the ground work for the future of our organization.

Stay tuned, stay involved and stay supportive!  

Tags:  Association  Marketing  Membership. Board  NCRPA  Parks  Recreation  Relevance  Strategic Plan 

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Trying to Stay Healthy this Winter? There’s an App for That!

Posted By Colleen Dougherty, Graduate Assistant - North Carolina Recreation & Park Association, Tuesday, December 9, 2014
Updated: Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Hello everyone,  

Can you believe its December already? As the weather becomes colder and the days shorter, it is important to find ways to stay active and healthy during the winter months. Today’s bulletin will focus on creating incentives to stay active and eat healthy through the use free mobile/iOS apps that will not only track your progress, but create a more enjoyable and innovative experience for you to remain healthy.

First, The Nike Training Club is a great personal trainer app, ranging with timed workouts from 15 minutes to 45 minutes. The workout program includes detailed instructions and audio support for over 100 featured dynamic drills, all designed to increase body strength, flexibility, agility, and stamina. Plus it tracks your training progress and workout history. Ab Workouts is an app focused on abdominal exercises with animations and a trainer’s voice guiding you through the exercises. The app includes a food list providing you with what foods are the healthiest to keep you fit.

Just because the temperature drops it doesn’t mean you can’t bundle-up and go for a run this winter! MapMyRun GPS is a great running app for any walker, jogger and competitive runner. This unique app tracks and logs your distance, pace, and calculates the total amount of calories burned. Nike+ Running and RunKeeper are also comparable apps and a great way to track your runs on a treadmill or outdoors. All of these apps allow you to build a running community by sharing your runs and routes with friends and coworkers.

So what should you eat after a workout to refuel your body properly? There are plenty of free educational healthy food apps that offer recipes and advice on eating. Foodily Recipes is one great source and is the world’s largest social recipe network. This healthy food app will allow you to find and share delicious and most importantly healthy recipes. Additionally, Fooducate is another great educational app. This app allows you to scan barcodes of products giving you a nutrition grade range from A to D. This is an informative app that will aid you in making smarter educated choices for food intake.

Exploring ways to be inspired and motivated is the key for staying healthy and fit, especially during the colder months. NCRPA and I challenge you to find a way to incorporate these mobile apps, or more, among your department. Whether that is connecting among coworkers through discovering new running routes or sharing healthy recipes you have discovered. Strength is in numbers when it comes to reaching a common goal! Whether it is with your peer group or your community sharing and supporting a common goal to increase the opportunities to become more active and health conscious is one we can all get behind. Most importantly, don’t think of staying healthy as a burden but an enjoyable learning experience that improves the overall health of our communities and state!

If you have any programing ideas or ways to incorporate mobile device apps among your department then please email us or submit them on the wellness site here (colleen@ncrpa.net,http://www.ncrpa.net/?Wellnesssub) For every idea submitted you will be entered to win a cool NCRPA T-shirt!

Colleen

Tags:  Ab Workouts  Apps  Fitness  Fooducate  Health  NCRPA  Nike+ Running  Recreation  RunKeeper  The Nike Training Club  Wellness 

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