Magazine article Parks & Recreation

Notable News

Magazine article Parks & Recreation

Notable News

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* The bipartisan National Discovery Trails Act of 2015 (HR 2661) would create a system of recreational trails crossing state boundaries to link urban, suburban, wilderness and country sites that could be built on federal and non-federal land with the consent of the owners. Non-federal entities that own any property linked to or considered such a trail would still maintain control. The bill would also classify the existing American Discovery Trail as part of the National Trails System. The roughly 6,000 mile trail runs from Cape Henlopen State Park in Delaware through Maryland, the District of Columbia, West Virginia and Ohio, splits into a northern and southern route in Kentucky (the northern route goes through Indiana, Illinois, Iowa and Nebraska; the southern leg traverses Illinois, Missouri and Kansas), and meets up again in Colorado where it continues as one route through Utah and Nevada before reaching California. Any new national discovery trail would have to be walkable and cross state lines.

* At the end of May, Maine primary care providers who participate in the state's Let's Go! Program began handing out state park passes to their young patients to encourage families to be active while experiencing the state's beauty and history. Let's Go!, a childhood obesity prevention effort, emphasizes physical activity and healthy food choices. Participating practices use the 5-2-1-0 program with their patients: five servings of fruits and vegetables each day; two hours or less of screen time each day; one hour of physical activity daily; and zero sugary drinks in favor of water. …

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