Parks and recreation programs, special events, and facilities facilitate social interactions that are critical to maintaining community cohesion and pride. Read more about the ways parks, recreation, and fitness are having a positive impact.

How Exercise Shapes You, Far Beyond the Gym              
Recent studies show that we can reap great benefits from modest amounts of regular physical activity. Simply going from no exercise to some exercise boosts short-term brain function and heightens awareness. To learn more about the additional benefits of exercise, read the full article. 
Source: New York Magazine, How Exercise Shapes You, Far Beyond the Gym

Why a lifetime sports? It is important that physical activity be a regular part of family life. Studies have shown that lifestyles learned as children are much more likely to stay with a person into adulthood. If sports and physical activities are a family priority, they will provide children and parents with a strong foundation for a lifetime of health. Click here to read more.  OR Click here for another article to inspire you to stay active as you age. 

Step It Up! The Surgeon General’s Call to Action to Promote Walking and Walkable Communities. Only half of American adults get enough physical activity to reduce the risk of chronic disease, the leading cause of death in the U.S. Walking is an easy way to start and maintain a physically active lifestyle. The Surgeon General aims to increase walking across the nation by calling for access to safe and convenient places to walk and wheelchair roll. Get started. 

Health remains a key component to student success. As a result, the U.S. Departments of Health & Human Services and Education recently introduced 'Healthy Students, Promising Futures,' to continue their commitment to support quality healthcare and education. The initiative provides a detailed toolkit of opportunities for states, districts, and schools to promote healthy lifestyles to families and students. Click here to learn more.