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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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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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Viva Las Vegas! - Making The Most of Scholarships

Posted By Kendrick Mayes, Greensboro Parks & Recreation, Monday, May 11, 2015

Kendrick Mayes, Garner and Jay Tryon, Indian Trail discuss the 2014 NRPA Annual Conference in the above video blog interview from NRPA.

 

Viva Las Vegas! This year, the National Recreation and Park Association will celebrate their 50th Anniversary in the exciting city of Las Vegas. For students and young professionals, this year is not only memorable for the significance of the association celebrating 50 years, but also because of the location. However, with limited department funds how can a young professional ensure that they are able to attend NRPA Congress? #Scholarships! That’s right, applying for scholarships through NRPA and NCRPA can help you partially or even completely fund your trip. As a first-time attendee and young professional at the 2014 NRPA Congress in Charlotte, North Carolina, I was fortunate to receive the National Recreation and Park Association Student Scholarship and the National Recreation and Park Association Ethnic Minority Society Scholarship which fully covered my conference registration, travel, lodging and meals.

As the Marketing and Events Coordinator for the Garner Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources Department I used a portion of my scholarships to attend the pre-congress workshop Brand+Aid Marketing Institute. Attending this session has helped tremendously with my professional development because I was able to sharpen my current marketing skills and also implement new techniques on the job to make the department better.

Before I attended the NRPA Congress, I remember reading an article at North Carolina Central University written by Ms. Tiffany Johnson from the DC Department of Parks and Recreation about the importance of networking and doing your research before attending Congress. I’m glad she wrote the article because in order to be successful at Congress you definitely need a game plan. The game plan should include options on which sessions you plan to attend, which networking events you plan to sit in on and also what you would like to gain from attending. Before I left for Congress, my Town of Garner business cards had not arrived yet, so I got creative in printing my own cards to pass out after sessions. This proved to be a wise decision, because the worst thing that can happen to a young professional is for them to attend a great session, ask questions, interact with the speakers and the moment comes to exchange contact information and the young professional does not have any business cards.

Along with my NRPA scholarships , I was also able to receive the North Carolina Recreation and Park Scholarship Foundation Fletcher Graduate Scholarship. I used the funds to towards covering additional educational expenses in my journey as a young parks and recreation leader here in NC. I strongly encourage my fellow young professionals to apply for the various scholarships that are available. This money is dedicated to helping professionals ( LIKE YOU!)  to continue their education so they can advance in the field. Even if you feel like your resume or your community involvement doesn't compare to someone else, you would be surprised at how many people miss out on scholarships all because they did not take the initiative to apply.

Additionally, I would encourage all young professionals to consider getting involved with networking opportunities, whether it’s a group here in our state with NCRPA or nationally with the NRPA Young Professional Network, NRPA Ethnic Minority Society Network, the NRPA Administrators Network. By doing this, not only do they stay current on receiving scholarships, but they are also in the know about opportunities within the field. 

Looking for opportunities to attend the NRPA Congress in Las Vegas? Here are some options: http://buff.ly/1bEQ5cZ 

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NCRPA Membership Update

Posted By MICHELLE WELLS, NC RECREATION & PARK ASSN, Wednesday, April 8, 2015
Updated: Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Things don't have to change the world to be important.” (Steve Jobs).  I recently saw this quote and thought about NCRPA.   We made an investment in you and NCRPA during 2014 by asking you as members of our profession what you needed from NCRPA.  You spoke and we listened. And now we are implementing change in our membership packages.  These changes are not going to change the world, but they are important.  Important to current and future members, and important to the vitality of NCRPA.

Beginning in July, NCRPA’s agency membership will have a different look.  This revised Agency membership is designed to allow and encourage everyone who works in a parks and recreation agency to be a member of NCRPA.   The Agency package will include all full-time employees, along with citizen board members, local elected and appointed officials and managers.  Individual members will still have their same benefits, but now included with this package will be unlimited Career Connection postings, the ability to add or renew membership by one staff person with one invoice/payment, the ability to have one staff person register multiple individuals for conferences and workshops with one invoice/payment, SWAC Tournament participation, eligibility for agency awards such as Arts and Humanities and the Innovative Program Award, the opportunity to apply for grants through NCRPA partnerships (such as healthy equipment grant $100,000, Nourishing NC $300,000) and the opportunity for an agency profile in NCRPA NEWS magazine.

The fees for the Agency package are based on permanent full-time employees and varies with the size of the agency (see details).  Every attempt was made to find a model that was equitable to agencies of varying sizes.  Yes, some agencies may be paying more and some will be paying less when we switch from the paying a flat fee per person model we have used since the inception of NCRPA.  We have been sharing this information with department directors since it was finalized and hopefully many agencies were able to make adjustments their FY 15-16 budgets.  The individual membership is still available for those that deem this their best option for $65. 

We also revised the Commercial membership package to be for an individual or for a business that wants to include all of their sales team or staff as NCRPA members.  For our colleges and universities, we have a packaged membership that includes the faculty/staff and students. Students who attends a university that has not purchased a College/University package can purchase an individual student membership for $10.

Other than changing the membership year for everyone to July 1 – June 30, there were no changes other to our retired membership.

Updated technology has made these changes to our membership opportunities possible.  And with technology there can be challenges.  We will be implementing the changes, testing them and then releasing these new options on a staggered calendar.  We want this transition to be as seamless as possible for you, the member, and us in the NCRPA office.  We appreciate your patience and assistance during this process. 

Your NCRPA Board of Directors and staff are excited about this opportunity.  We look forward to hearing from you during the process and we hope you will encourage others in your department that may not be NCRPA members to join – especially if you have the agency package.  If you have questions about this important change, please let me know.

Thanks for all you do to support the profession as a member of NCRPA

  

Michelle

 

 

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Creating Health and Well-being

Posted By Colleen Dougherty, NC Recreation & Park Association, Monday, March 23, 2015

 

As I continue my graduate work at NC State, I cannot help but notice the similarities of my research in-connection with my work for the NCRPA Wellness Initiative. Currently I just finished an informative book called Restorative Commons: Creating Health and Well-being through Urban Landscapes, edited by Lindsay Campbell and Ann Wiesen.

Briefly, this book aims to discuss that the world’s population has shifted to more urban than rural. Because of this shift, the importance of finding ways for humans to stay in contact with the natural environment has increased. The authors discuss that parks, community gardens, botanical gardens, urban gardens, and public housing campuses offer opportunities for restoring both social and health function in urban regions. The book also discusses the positive benefits of nature, which help the improvement of mood, reduction of stress, and decreases the chance of chronic diseases. Furthermore, children’s activity in nature’s surroundings can encourage exploration and building which contribute to positive decision-making, creativity and problem-solving.

This resourceful book reinforces the importance of community gardens and accessible greenways in our communities. Our past blogs have discussed that contact with the natural environment can include physical activity, such as walking, running, and gardening or passive, which is viewing only.  Visit the NCRPA Community Gardens for ideas on establishing a garden within your community. Physical Activity in Gardening is another resource containing information describing examples of “aerobic” and “weight-bearing” activities of routine gardening. Remember to share information within your community regarding parks and walking/running path locations, especially now that the weather is warmer.

Get active outdoors this spring!

Have ideas? Please email us or submit them on the wellness site here:

(colleen@ncrpa.net,http://www.ncrpa.net/?Wellnesssub)

 

Colleen

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How Often Should we Post to Social Media?

Posted By Matthew Carusona, North Carolina Recreation and Park Association, Monday, March 9, 2015

As parks and recreation professionals we are asked to fill many roles and be ready to change to better serve our communities at a moment’s notice. When it comes to marketing our parks, programs and events the scope of responsibilities can vary greatly. Sometimes our marketing and social media is coordinated by a dedicated marketing team, sometimes it’s a department director and other times it might be a programmer.  If you are managing your departments’ social you have a variety of things to think about; when to post, what to post, and sometimes even how to post.  Often these questions can be answered by asking our peers, reading various blogs and reviewing what industry leaders are doing.  At NCRPA I use Buffer to help me manage and coordinate our social content.  (Buffer is an app that helps you manage and monitor social media accounts.) In addition to being one of my favorite media management tools, Buffer does a good job of sharing research and tips on how to be a more proficient social media manager in an ever changing landscape.  To get you started, check out this great blog and infographic from Buffer on posting frequency. https://blog.bufferapp.com/how-often-post-social-media

Don’t forget that if you are looking to take your marketing and social media to the next level you can join NCRPA at the 2015 Marketing Summit on April 14th in Durham, NC.  http://www.ncrpa.net/event/Marketing

Stay tuned to the NC’Recre8’er blog all this month and April for more tips and tricks for marketing as parks and recreation professionals! 

  

 

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Offering More Healthy Options in 2015

Posted By AARON DAVIS, Mebane Recreation & Parks, Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Welcome to 2015, the gyms are packed full of people who want to obtain their new year’s resolution of losing weight, becoming fit and most importantly living healthier. So, as a recreation professional, you already supply a weight room or workout area for the public, along with miles and miles of greenways, running and walking tracks, that will hopefully get used just as much in January when our resolutionaires, (yes, I made that word up), are putting in the work, as it does in June and July when those resolutions hopefully are still intact. However, what can we do to help our communities eat healthier as well? Maybe it’s our turn to take a stab at helping the citizens we serve not only reach their fitness goals but also empower them to be healthy in their food choices!

 

So, I have the perfect idea for you!

 

Let’s take all of the junk food out of our concession stands at all of our recreation centers and parks, most importantly our vending machines and stock pile them with all healthy foods and drinks.

 

Um...that's expensive, and what if everyone doesn’t eat it? We might lose money and the bosses don’t like losing money!

 

But if we go 100% healthy, everyone will have no choice but to drink our water and buy our healthy snacks!

 

Oh, wait, we decided already that not everyone wants those healthy things. 

 

I know! What if we keep items like hotdogs and hamburgers, but offer them along with healthier options and healthier sides/snacks? This way we are not completely preventing our customers from the things that they want, hopefully in moderation!   

 

So it’s settled then, we add healthy items to sell to those who are already health conscious, we eliminate the unhealthy items that don’t sell, keep traditional items like hotdogs and hamburgers and continue to turn a great profit on all of the items. 

 

So clap along if you feel like creating a HEALTHIER community in which you work in! 

 

TEN QUICK STEPS TO OFFERING MORE HEALTHY OPTIONS

 

1.        Find out what items like traditional items like hot-dogs and hamburgers you community likes and keep them.

2.        Find out what you sell the least and kick it

3.        Offer free samples during big events to expose your community to healthier options!

4.        Offer mutable fruit options, items you can freeze have added value!  

5.        Try offering Fruit Smoothies – you can use the frozen fruit

a)        Yeah, I just saved you some money there too!

6.        Offer nutrition facts about the health and the non-healthy items

a)        You might inspire someone to change

b)        But don't expect to change everyone and don't push them to change

7.        Develop a marketing plan

a)        Design signage that will appeal to your healthy eaters, leave it up!

8.        Partner with others in your area that promote a healthy lifestyle for discounted goods or incentives. 

a)        Local Farms, athletic stores, Health Stores etc...

9.        Search for a grants and funding that may help you fund some of the transition

10.    Be healthy yourself, because the more motivation you have, the more motivation you’ll have to inspire change in others!

 

 

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Warm Up with a Winter Workout

Posted By Colleen Dougherty, Graduate Assistant - NC Recreation & Park Association, Monday, December 22, 2014

Happy Holidays!

We all may have time off for the holidays, but that is no reason to take time off from a healthy lifestyle. Today’s blog will focus on some winter workout tips to stay motivated and inspired during the colder months. Feel free to share among your department and community to help keep everyone active during the festive winter season. The following workout and nutrition ideas are a great way to build unity among your department and bring together coworkers for fun activities.

Merrell’s Winter Workout Blog provides great starter tips to encourage staying active during the colder winter months. The first idea is to ask coworkers to join in a morning walk or jog. Make sure to pick a rewarding end to your workout, such as fresh fruit and bagels for the office or stopping by a local coffee shop. It is easier to be motivated by having workout companions and a treat to kick-start the work day. If you happen to have the work day-off, you can still plan to meet with coworkers in your local park and grab brunch at the end of the workout. This can also create more unity among the office, as well as have a healthy common goal.

Additionally, joining a holiday-themed race in your community is another idea. Reach out to your coworkers and explore different runs that you can register as an individual or with your entire department. Many of these events support local charities and raising money for a good cause is a great way to not let the cold stop you from being active and fit.  Once again, this helps with team building among the office and coming together during this festive season.

Another idea is to create an indoor morning workout circuit. If the conditions outside are icy and snowy then motivate your coworkers for a quick 25-30 minute morning or lunch workout. You don’t have to purchase heavy equipment to have an effective indoor workout. Easy circuit routines, such as core strengthening, lunges, squats, push-ups, and stretches can be still effective. You can easily find examples of workouts online, try this one for starters: 15-Minute Workout: Core Exercises.

Along with working out, set smart holiday nutrition goals, the following tips also provided by Merrell. Find a co-worker or friend to become accountable for each other. Find a manageable way to check in daily to let each other know if you have stuck to your goals. An easy way to keep track of eating is to keep a daily food dairy. It has been shown that those who keep a food diary, especially during the holiday season, are more likely to maintain healthy eating habits. December, continuing into January, is a good month to set monthly goals and to keep track of what you are eating and drinking. Lastly, plan your week or meals in advance. If you have multiple nights out or work parties approaching, then plan your healthy meals around these social occasions to balance your holiday nutrition. Be sure to stay hydrated and maintain a balance of fruit and vegetables among the sweet holiday treats.

I challenge all of you during the rest of December to engage yourself in healthy holiday eating practices and to exercise regularly. Set a goal to ring in the New Year, and maintain these holiday nutrition and exercise tips throughout the year for a healthy lifestyle. If you have any healthy eating ideas or exercise tips during the holiday season then please email us or submit them on the wellness site here: (colleen@ncrpa.net, http://www.ncrpa.net/?Wellnesssub)

Colleen 

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Why pursue a Certified Park and Recreation Professional (CPRP) certification?

Posted By Jason Tryon, Assistant Director of Parks & Recreation - Town of Indian Trail, Thursday, December 18, 2014

When asked why I pursued the Certified Park and Recreation Professional (CPRP) certification. My initial thought was; why not? I think it is my obligation as a recreation professional to seek as much knowledge and offerings as possible. To me, the CPRP was a chance to reflect on my experience, and take the passion I have for this field into recognition, in the form of certification.


The certification was motivation to prove to myself that I have gained a great deal of experience and knowledge over the last few years. I found the study guide to be extremely interesting, with topics that I have not dealt with in several years. This helped refresh my mind on how to pursue certain issues. After my first time reading through the study guide, I realized what areas I needed to focus on. This helped me not only for the exam, but also with day-to-day responsibilities.


I also decided to pursue certification as a level of dedication and acknowledgement. I hoped that this could show my employer and other departments the dedication I have and, hopefully, help my career path along the way. I have noticed more and more opportunities that are seeking the certification as a preferred accomplishment for candidates. Since obtaining my certification I have advanced my career and I believe that this was one of the deciding factors to my employer.


Not only that, I pursued the CPRP because I love the field of parks and recreation and hope to continue my career path. In order to pursue advancement I believe it is vital to pursue any certifications I can. This does not just stand true for the CPRP but also for specialized certifications as well, like the CPSI and AFO. 


The CPRP has helped me get involved on both a state and national level with several committees through contacts I have made with other professionals. CPRP has also helped me set an example to my staff. I recently had one staff member that I hired call me with such excitement to inform me of the same achievement. That moment was just as if not more exciting than obtaining the certification myself, it is a testament that what we do as recreation professionals can have an impact on not only our communities but our staff as well.

 Visit http://www.nrpa.org/cprp/ for more info on how you can pursue your CPRP. 


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Eating Healthy During the Holiday Season

Posted By Colleen Dougherty, Graduate Assistant - NC Recreation & Park Association, Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Happy Holidays!

Parties are becoming more popular as we approach the holidays, whether if that’s celebrating with family or work. The endless amount of treats and desserts can challenge your commitment to healthy eating, but it can be managed! In this week’s wellness bulletin, I will provide some tricks to reduce the calorie consumption without sacrificing all the treats. Feel free to pass the ideas along to your department as you plan holiday gatherings and celebrations.

How can you prepare a healthier party? WebMD: Food and Recipes has 10 Healthy Holiday Party Tips to get you started! One easy step is using smaller plates and cups, which will result in smaller portions among the guest. Smaller plates will lend a hand in guest’s subconsciously reducing the amount of food intake during the meal. While smaller cups will downsize the amount of surgery drinks. Be sure to offer plenty of water for people to have a healthy and calorie-free drink option. Club soda is also a good and low in sugar solution to mix with alcoholic beverages. Additionally, creating a food-free space will minimize the unconscious snacking throughout the party. According to Eating Well starting the meal with soup or salad will help the guest fill up on something light and have less room for starchy and heavier foods. There are some easy and cheap options to encourage healthy habits during the party that can be easily implemented among work and family gatherings. More specific healthy holiday dessert recipes can be found on the Eating Well website.

If you don’t have a “healthy holiday recipe:” try making simple substitutions to your favorite recipes, which can help to reduce calories, fat and sugar. There are smart ingredient substitutions when baking your favorite holiday meals for parties and gatherings. First, instead of using butter, substitute equal parts cinnamon-flavored, no sugar added applesauce, a healthier option then using high-in-fat butter. Another easy idea is to use low-fat or skim milk instead of whole or heavy cream in recipes. An alternative trick is using half white and half whole-wheat flour instead of only white flour. Lastly, replace chocolate chips or candies with dried fruit, such as cranberries or cherries to achieve the sweet taste in your baked good. More healthy tricks and replacements can be found on the American Heart Association website.

The Wellness Initiative wants to add more ideas among the Healthy Policy Ideas, so if you have any healthy eating party ideas or tips during the holiday season then please email us or submit them on the wellness site here: (colleen@ncrpa.net, http://www.ncrpa.net/?Wellnesssub)

 

Colleen 

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Tips for Staying Organized During Your Busy Season

Posted By Carlyn Sautter, Graham Recreation & Parks, Saturday, December 13, 2014
Updated: Friday, December 12, 2014
It comes at different times of the year for all of us: the season where we need 30 hours in a day. The time of the year when it doesn't seem possible that we are doing so much yet still keeping our sanity. How do we stay organized when our plates are so full? Below is a short list of tips to help you through your busy season:

1. Start early. It’s always something we intend to do, but it really does help. Even if it’s something small. Nothing beats opening a folder for an upcoming program and seeing that it already contains a list of necessary improvements, along with an updated registration form.

2. Create to-do lists. Start one for each program, and then make one each week (or even daily, if you’d prefer). Update as often as necessary. This will help give you a good idea of what tasks you’re up against, and you’ll be able to consciously balance your workload. Plus, doesn’t it feel amazing to cross something off a to-do list?

3. Don’t be afraid to ask for help. Face it, you are going to need it at one point or another. Your busy season may not be so crazy for one of your co-workers. So ask! You’ll be able to return the favor one day! Bonus: it will give them insight on what you do on a daily basis.

4. Keep an organized office and desk. Think about it—if you walk into your office in the morning and see nothing but chaos, that’s most likely the mode your brain will function in all day. Stop and take a minute at the end of every day and clean things up a bit. This way, you won’t lose that to-do list that you worked so hard on—everything important is right there, reminding you it needs to be attended to.

5. Take time to regroup. This applies to you and your work duties. Every few days, take a look at the to-do lists you created in step 2 and re-evaluate. It will make you feel better to see that you’re actually getting things done. As for you—you can’t function at your most efficient capacity if you aren’t taking some time here and there to regroup. Take five minutes and meditate. Make sure you’re taking a lunch break. Have a good laugh. Whatever it is, just make sure you aren’t constantly under stress.

This list is by no means comprehensive. Some of you may have other tips and tricks to get by. We’d love to hear your ideas, be sure to share them on social media or via email with NCRPA! Good luck to everyone tackling their busy season right now!

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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!  

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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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