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The cost of obesity to US cities
The Gallup Management Journal    Share   Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
City leaders across the country face tight budgets, decreasing revenues, and unemployment challenges. And, as Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index data reveal, they also face another looming problem: High obesity rates that are accompanied with astronomical health care costs. More

Kids Have a Blast on Bunker Beach's New Wiggly Water Walk and Sea Turtle

"We decided to dress up the existing pools and add some color,” says Cory Hinz, Golf and Aquatics Manager for Anoka County Parks and Recreation. “We asked PLAYTIME to create a new wiggly water walk with bright, colorful pads, and to add a toddler-friendly, bolt-down sea turtle to the zero-entry area.” READ MORE

Studying nature in the middle of Manhattan
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When many of us think of "nature" we probably think of forests, lakes, or meadows. We know that we see nature in our gardens or in our neighborhood parks. Chances are good that when we're walking down the streets of Manhattan, or Chicago, or downtown Detroit, we're not giving much thought to the nature around us. Dr. Robert Dunn and a team of researchers have recently published an article in the journal PlosONE, in which the team undertook the task of studying nature in one of the most urban environments in the world: Manhattan. More

First lady sees military as model for fitness effort
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By the time many of the young soldiers-in-training get to the Fort Jackson, S.C., Army post, they've been plumped up by fast food and soda and sedentary teenage years spent indoors playing video games. The Army makes sure that by the time they leave, after 10 weeks of basic training, they are considerably slimmer and fitter. Trainers hope they've instilled a new approach to eating that will stick with the soldiers for the rest of their lives. "This is really a first step in changing behaviors, much like what the first lady is doing with school lunches," said Gen. Mark Hertling, who is in charge of the Army's training programs for recruits and has ordered overhauls of the fitness and diet programs. More

How safe is your playground surfacing?
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Kansas Tourism Division goes to Wildlife and Parks
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Gov. Sam Brownback of Kansas recently signed the third reorganization of state government since he took office, moving the Travel and Tourism Division to the Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks. The Travel Division had formerly been under the Kansas Department of Commerce. Brownback said the shuffle will align the two departments whose goals are similar. More

Fishing, camping, kayaking — indoors?
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They camped, they kayaked, they warmed their hands by the campfire and ate a picnic dinner under the stars. All in the comfort of the nice, warm Costick Center in Farmington Hills, Michigan. At the latest creation by the Farmington Hills Special Services Department's Parks and Recreation Division — Inside Out — about 100 people ventured to the event for a taste of the great outdoors — indoors. More

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Antiwave Pool Products offers both competitive and recreational lane lines, with our Supertensioner included on each lane. 17 standard colors are available along with custom color capabilities and can build any length of lane.  MORE

Eagle migration lures nature lovers to Kentucky
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Each speck of white spotted along the distant shoreline stirred excitement on a cruise ship plying Kentucky Lake in a search of bald eagles — a popular wintertime spectator excursion in this recreational haven. Each winter, the bald eagle population swells in the lakes region of southwestern Kentucky, where the majestic birds fatten up on fish and find sanctuary along meandering stretches of undisturbed shoreline. Those same qualities attract flocks of people to the region in warmer weather for fishing and boating. More

The threat of sweat
Athletic Business    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
"Okay class, who's ready to sweat?" Such a question might be greeted with enthusiasm — even cheers — from a room full of eager stationary cyclists. After all, that's why they're there. And in that setting, inspiration translates to perspiration. If it doesn't, something's wrong. More

Cities Learn Time Does Equal Money

City parks, sports leagues, and fields are demanding more equipment with less money to spend. Budget stretching is no longer just a wish…it’s a matter of survival.

Park Service seeks comment on change to climbing rules
The Coloradoan    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Climbing rules could change at Rocky Mountain National Park if new wilderness stewardship rules are enacted across the entire National Park system. The National Park Service is taking public comments through March 10 on Director's Order 41, which governs how the agency manages wilderness areas within the 394 units of the National Park Service. More

Maintenance series: Sports turf
Recreation Management Magazine    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Having a successful turf maintenance program doesn't necessarily depend on having the latest equipment or optimal mowing and watering practices, though those things certainly help. In fact, much of the time, some of the most beneficial things you can do for turf health do not necessarily occur outdoors. Recreation Management's talking about the three C's: Communication, cooperation and coordination. More

DOGIPOT introduces its OXO-BIODEGRADABLE Litter Pick Up Bags. These new and improved litter pick up bags are one of the most environmentally conscious pet waste bags on the market and are designed to not only help rid parks of the unsightly, smelly, nuisance of dog waste, but also minimize the environmental impact of bagged dog waste. Experience the DOGIPOT Advantage! More info

Park, trail improvements in plan for Iowa town
The Des Moines Register    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Improving existing parks and connecting gaps in Waukee, Iowa's trail system will be two priorities included in the city's first comprehensive park, recreation and open space plan when the document is presented to the City Council in March. City staff and members of Genus Landscape Architects, a Des Moines, Iowa firm assisting with the project, highlighted those and other objectives recently during a public input session. More

Bleacher Transporter, Equipment to DO MORE With LESS

Picnic Table Transporter, Goal Transporters, Bleacher Transporters, Barrel Lift/Bag Lift, Easy/Safe Trash Collection. Equipment to help you move your park and school products, to add versatility to your recreation schedule with a minimum of labor and reduction in employee injuries. Simple, Easy, Durable, and Versatile.

Cities brace for recreation funding cut
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Plans for a new system to distribute Highland County, Fla., recreation funds, along with a funding cut this year, have raised concerns in the county's municipalities. Due to a drop in property valuations, the county's budget for parks and recreation has been reduced, a county memo states. The county was previously able to fund half of each municipality's parks and recreation operation and maintenance costs. This fiscal year the county cannot, the memo adds. More

ICON Shelter Systems Inc.

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Tracks of two prehistoric birds found in Alaska
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Fossilized tracks from two newly discovered prehistoric birds have been found in Alaska's Denali National Park, according to findings released by an expert in Arctic paleontology. The previously unknown birds were among a wide variety of birds that left fossilized tracks in Denali, Tony Fiorillo, a paleontologist and curator at the Museum of Nature and Science in Dallas, told Reuters in an interview. More
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