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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 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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PlayPrints in Action

Posted By Colleen Dougherty, NC Recreation & Park Association, Monday, September 14, 2015

Happy Monday!

During the month of September, the NCRPA Wellness Initiative is recognizing National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month by spreading information and increasing awareness of childhood obesity across the state of North Carolina. After all, it is part of our mission to encourage healthier lives in our communities!

In relation to becoming more physically active, NCRPA is pleased to announce that the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina (BCBSNC) and NCRPA have collaborated to build healthier communities by providing grants to install PlayPrints at outdoor spaces across the state.  PlayPrints grants have been awarded to over forty local park and recreation departments across the state. What exactly are PlayPrints? Playprints are markings of colorful shapes, images and games painted on open pavement! For more information, please the recent NCRPA PlayPrints press release!

PlayPrints are a creative way to encourage more physical activity at your local parks! Do not fret if you are a community without PlayPrints! Chalk is a great alternative and can even help encourage the creative side of children when you leave it up to them to craft their own designs! Although PlayPrints are permanent and will generate more activity from passive users, chalk will help spark some ideas and can be versatile in a place or instances where a permanent design won’t work. The following are three ideas to get children involved and active at a park! Hopscotch is a great way to encourage children to actively use designs on the ground; have the children come up with patterns or play follow the leader. Four Square is another great way to have multiple kids involved in a game at once! It encourages healthy competition and needs limited equipment, all you need is a bouncy ball! Finally ask participants to create a small obstacle course using the markings on the ground! Have them jump, skip, crawl or balance on the lines on the ground! Don’t be afraid to get creative and find alternative games for children to play! If you did receive a PlayPrints grant you can use sidewalk chalk to create supplemental games and patterns to go along with your PlayPrints during programs or events. Remember the goal is to simply get our communities active and moving!


If you have ideas or suggestions of promoting activity within your local parks, then please share by submitting or emailing us on the wellness site here: (colleen@ncrpa.net





Tags:  BCBSNC  Local Parks  PlayPrints  Wellness 

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Planting Seeds for Success

Posted By Colleen Dougherty, NC Recreation & Park Association, Monday, May 4, 2015

Happy Monday,

Last Wednesday we had the privilege of hearing Beth Farrell from Thomasville Parks and Recreation to present our monthly webinar. The discussion was focused on the challenges and success of community gardens. Last May, NCRPA partnered with the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina (BCBSNC) foundation to provide Health Eating Equipment grants to park and recreation agencies across the state. Thomasville was one of the departments to receive funds for equipment to create a community garden at Memorial Park.

Beth’s webinar discussed the positive contributions to a community when implementing a community garden. One of the key components when establishing a community garden is promoting community building. It brings together the youth, adults, and seniors in the community, working together to create healthier eating options. Ultimately, it also encourages exercise and healthy food access. One of the highest impacts on the community includes the educational component of establishing a community garden. A good program to grow from your community gardens is youth afterschool programs. Involving these programs gives youth the opportunity to learn healthy cooking techniques and expose them to a variety of fresh vegetables.

If you would like to hear more from Beth you can view her webinar regarding community garden benefits, please click the following link:

For more information regarding community gardens, then please refer to NCRPA’s Community Gardens webpage. Remember, gardens can be small or large, no matter the size they can have a large impact on the health of your community.

If you would like to share your community garden ideas or information, then please email us or submit them on the wellness site here: (,


Tags:  BCBSNC  Community Building  Community Gardens  Healthy Eating  Thomasville Parks and Recreation 

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