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2022 NRPA ANNUAL CONFERENCE
conference trainings, education
sessions,
awards receptions and
myriad networking opportunities.
Following are some highlights
from this year's conference.
General Sessions Shine a
Light on Health and Equity
The opening and closing general
sessions are among the most wellattended
events during conference,
and this year's presenters didn't
disappoint. On Tuesday, September
20, Carolyn McKnight-Fredd,
chair of the NRPA Board of Directors,
kicked things off by welcoming
attendees to the conference and
thanking park and recreation professionals
for their continuous hard
work. " Excellence is a hallmark
of this field, and this conference
is about supporting you, " she says.
" It's about making sure that you
can strive to do more. " She also
stressed the importance of park
equity and racial justice and creating
spaces that allow us to see each
other in our full humanity. " This
week and each day forward, I want
you to think about the power of
our public spaces and what you can
do to make them stronger. "
The opening and closing general
sessions are among the most wellattended
events during the NRPA
Annual Conference.
Next, NRPA President and CEO
Kristine Stratton took to the stage
to first honor park and recreation
professionals who passed
away
in 2022 by leading the audience
in a moment of silence. She then
segued to this year's conference
theme, " We Rise Up for Parks and
Recreation. " " We rise up means a
lot of things, " she says. However,
Stratton asserts the theme reflects
the journey that we have been on
for the past two-and-a-half years.
" Living through... the pandemic,
we are stronger and wiser, " she
notes. " We've learned to make the
tough decisions with grace and
sensitivity. " While we've all been
challenged, Stratton says the field
didn't give up, " because every single
day in your communities, you
rise up. " She also says, " NRPA
wants to make sure that we support
you with the tools and the resources
and information and know-how
to bring our communities together
and to make you stronger. "
Stratton
then
introduced
this
year's keynote speaker, Dr. Sanjay
Gupta, chief medical correspondent
for CNN and host of the
CNN podcast, Chasing Life. His
presentation, " World War C: Lessons
From the Covid-19 Pandemic
and How to Prepare for the Next
One, " is inspired by his recently
published book.
" According to the Global Health
Security Index, the United States
was actually ranked number one
in terms of pandemic preparedness
going into the pandemic. And then
we saw the reality unfold, " Dr. Gupta
says. " [There are] all sorts of reasons
for this to be sure, but one that
can't be ignored...was the overall
health of the citizens of the United
States going into the pandemic.
Even before all of this began, life
expectancy in the United States was
already going down, which is hard
to believe. And we spent $4 trillion a
year on healthcare, more than twice
as much per capita as the next most
expensive country. "
He points out that during the
pandemic, the two biggest risk
factors were age and pre-existing
conditions - such as obesity and
diabetes. " [W]hen you look at the
United
States, you realize that
more than half the country is overweight
or obese, " says Dr. Gupta.
The good news is that people can
turn this around by heeding what
park and recreation professionals
already know: being out in nature
improves overall health.
" When we breathe in the aroma
of the forest, we are doing something
that is necessary for our bodies, "
says Dr. Gupta. " Those receptors
have to be activated and the
best way to do that is to play in the
forest...[to] recreate in the parks. "
NRPA's week of learning came
to a close on Thursday, with the
Equity in Practice endnote panel
discussion. NRPA's Stratton talked
to keynote speakers KABOOM!
CEO Lysa Ratliff, American Forests
President and CEO Jad Daley,
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