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Walking in the park key to better health
Times of India    Share   Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Penn State researchers have said that the payoff for investing in public parks and recreation sites may be healthier, more physically fit residents and a less strained health care system. Geof Godbey, professor emeritus of leisure studies, and Andrew Mowen, associate professor of Recreation and Parks Management, said that investments in parks and recreational services have a dramatic effect on health and fitness. More

Curious Kids Play on Headless Chicken at new Community Center Play Area!

"When we were planning our new center, we didn’t want to call it a recreation center,” says Rob Cook, Facility Manager. “We called it a community center because this is a gift to our community. So, we added a free play area and, even though it’s small, it’s getting a ton of use!” More.

Michelle Obama obesity campaign seen as effective
San Francisco Chronicle    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
A year ago, first lady Michelle Obama began an ambitious project: Reverse the obesity epidemic in a generation. The Let's Move campaign recently saw its first anniversary, and Ms. Obama can chalk up some major victories: A promise by Wal-Mart, the world's largest retailer, to improve the nutritional quality of the food it sells, congressional passage of higher standards for school lunches, collaborations between chefs and schools, and a greater awareness of the problem. More

Oakland, California's Jack London Aquatic Center could close soon
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The future of Oakland's Jack London Aquatic Center, which serves everyone from rowing crews to low-income youths, is in limbo after the nonprofit group that manages the facility announced without warning it would hand over management to Oakland because of a lack of funding. More

$2.1 Million Dollars in Let's Play Grants

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Colorado considers more physical activity in schools
Associated Press via The Denver Post    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Colorado lawmakers gave initial approval recently to requiring 30 minutes a day of physical activity at elementary schools — a move certain to please the Legislature's youngest constituents. "I like that. Going to recess is fun," said 9-year-old Nathanial Guzman, a 4th grader at Knowledge Quest Academy in Milliken, Colo. "Personally, I don't think our brains would work if we didn't exercise enough." More

Hikers: We'll pay to use state lands
Seattle Post Intelligencer    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
It's something highly unusual for a State Capitol used to tax protests, but hikers are slated to descend on Olympia soon to say they want to pay a proposed fee to use Washington state recreation parks and forests. "State recreation lands, from Mount Si to Deception Pass State Park, will have to close their gates this summer if the Legislature does not act soon to authorize a new sustainable funding source to manage these important places," said the Washington Trails Association, organizing "Hiker Lobby Day." More

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Big changes likely at Utah state parks
The Salt Lake Tribune    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
No Utah State Parks will close in the foreseeable future and $1.5 million of restricted funds will likely be appropriated in the next fiscal year to help ease the pain of a projected $3 million loss of general tax dollars. More

Wyoming land deal would protect Grand Tetons
The Island Park News    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Caldera, Wyo., folks enjoy spectacular views of the Grand Tetons as well as trips to Grand Teton National Park and Jackson, Wyoming. Locals will be pleased to know that the members of the Wyoming House of Representatives have come to the rescue of the park's dramatic landscapes and unspoiled beauty. They recently voted to move forward with a land purchase between the state and U.S. Department of the Interior that will protect an approximately 1,400 acre parcel completely surrounded by the park from being subdivided into lots. More
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Savings avoid threat to NY state parks
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Don't expect a repeat of last spring's budget-driven threats to close New York state parks, the acting head of the park system told a panel of state lawmakers recently during a hearing on Gov. Andrew Cuomo's proposed 2010-2011 budget. More

Historic private-public pledge made to fight childhood obesity and highlight Fuel Up to Play 60
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Some of our nation's principal thought leaders in child health, physical activity and education converged recently in North Texas at the site of Super Bowl XLV, to sign a Memorandum of Understanding that outlines an unprecedented private-public partnership committed to child health and wellness. More


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Huge volcano under Yellowstone Park rising
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The huge volcano under Yellowstone National Park has been rising at an unprecedented rate during the past several years, according to a new study. In the ancient past, the Yellowstone volcano produced some of the biggest-known continental eruptions, but the recent rising doesn't mean another doomsday eruption is looming, scientists say. More

Should Boston seek compromise on smoking in parks, beaches?
The Boston Globe    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Public parks serve many functions. They are gardens, rallying places, sports turf, hiking spots, dog-walking spaces, and more. To preserve all these functions, curators maintain a flexible set of rules — pets are allowed in some places, but not others; walking on the grass is okay in certain areas, but not everywhere. In at least some places, there are bans on certain types of food, attire, and noise. The goal is to ensure the maximum enjoyment for the maximum numbers of people. More

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Be on the lookout for the right winter camping destination
Nashua Telegraph    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
There are good reasons to go camping in winter, especially in February and March when the days are longer and the weather often less extreme. The stars shine brighter in winter and the sky seems bigger. There aren't any bugs. If you are afraid of bears, they are hibernating. And if you don't like crowds, there aren't any. Winter campers are the elite, and that's a big part of the attraction. More
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