Magazine article Parks & Recreation

Family Health & Fitness Day Wrap-Up

Magazine article Parks & Recreation

Family Health & Fitness Day Wrap-Up

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NRPA thanks everyone who participated in Family Health & Fitness Day, Saturday, June 8, 2019. The overwhelming response to this ongoing initiative is a testament to the field's commitment to health and wellness and the programs that strengthen individuals mentally and physically.

This year, NRPA invited everyone to "Get Fit" With Parks and Recreation by participating in one of these health-focused, family-friendly activities that benefit people of all ages year-round:

Take a Walk

* 75 percent of park and rec agencies provide walking trails

Go for a Swim

* 69 percent of park and rec agencies provide areas for swimming

Enroll in a Fitness Program

* 78 percent of park and rec agencies offer fitness classes

Create Your Own Exercise Routine Most park and rec agencies offer space to exercise--including indoor and outdoor fitness equipment

* 57 percent of park and rec agencies have rec centers

* 55 percent of park and rec agencies have gyms

* 38 percent of park and rec agencies have fitness centers

Play Outside

* 92 percent of park and rec agencies have playgrounds

* 75 percent have baseball/softball fields

* 83 percent have basketball courts

* 55 percent have dog parks

NRPA encourages agencies everywhere to use this list to promote park and recreation-sponsored health and wellness activities throughout the year.

New this year was a nationwide challenge that encouraged everyone to do one minute of jumping jacks (regular or modified) with family and/or friends at a local park or recreation center. …

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