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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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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

Tags:  Community  Egg Hunts  Healthy Living  March 

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"Run" Your Community

Posted By Colleen Dougherty, NC Recreation & Park Association, Monday, March 2, 2015

Good Morning,

Last Wednesday NCRPA was fortunate enough to have Scott Knox, from Morrisville Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources, provide us with information regarding run groups and training for a 5K race. Scott emphasized that greenway trails can be perfect for recreational and wellness use, but many are not aware of their existence, or their ease of access. Run/Walk groups are a perfect way to educate communities on their park’s system, as well as the importance of health and wellness. Scott went over key points, such as getting started, who to reach out to in your community, and other helpful information of organization run groups and 5K training.

The first goal is to establish a base of interest. Social media, flyers throughout the community, and reaching out to people who would be interested in participating is a perfect place to start. The idea is to cater to families and individuals to contribute to the diversity of the running group, which will allow to meet the needs of all types of runners! The next step is to each out to an organization or special interest group that have similar interests or objectives as what you have set for the group. The groups can consist of healthy food vendors, sport equipment stores, or other sponsor groups. It will be easier to promote the run group if your department has external organizations reaching out to the community as well.

Now, where do we start? The key is to pick a time and place that will best suit your participants. Once again, it is important to promote the run group to all sorts of experienced runners. The next step is to provide the participants with something to follow, such as a 5K training program guide giving them a goal to achieve. Finding a way to instill motivation and inspiration among participants is critical for the success of a run group program!

Scott was extremely helpful with all the fruitful information that he provided. If you want to learn more about run groups, you can view a video of Scotts Webinar here: https://vimeo.com/121048064 

Please email or submit any run group or training for a 5k information that you may have so we can add it to our wellness toolkit! (colleen@ncrpa.net, http://www.ncrpa.net/?Wellnesssub)

 

Colleen 

Tags:  5K Training  Community  Family  Health  Parks  Programs  Run Groups  Trails  Wellness  Wellness bulletin 

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