Magazine article Parks & Recreation

From the Editor

Magazine article Parks & Recreation

From the Editor

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Everyone has heard the statistics that tell us our nation is becoming one of the fattest on the planet. As many as two-thirds of U.S. adults are considered overweight or obese, with 30 percent of American children being overweight. A new study by the University of Illinois at Chicago even goes so far to say that life expectancy in the next 50 years will decrease by two to five years due to obesity-related illnesses.

Although these statistics are staggering, May is the time to get your community moving. This month is National Physical Fitness Month, and a time when park and recreation departments should be pushing residents to get active by showing them exciting new ways to use their park.

Whether it's organizing a hike along a trail, or recruiting community members to play a new sport like disc golf, the key is getting your citizens to move more, no matter what the method. …

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