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PERSPECT I VES A MESSAGE FROM NRPA' S LEADERS
Celebrating Parks and Recreation as
Leaders in Health and More
The month of December always
feels like a time for reflection. As I
think back on our work throughout
the past year and beyond, I realize
that, often, we are so focused on
providing the next best thing for our
communities that we neglect to take
the time to recognize all that we've
accomplished. We know that to advocate
for our field, it is important
to tell our park and recreation stories.
To do so, we must celebrate our
accomplishments
as individuals,
agencies and as a field.
In this month's issue of Parks &
Recreation, we also reflect back on
the 2022 NRPA Annual Conference that took place
both in Phoenix, Arizona, and virtually. During his
keynote speech, Dr. Sanjay Gupta, chief medical correspondent
for CNN, shared that " our healthcare system,
where we spend about $4 trillion a year, is very
focused on taking care of people who are already sick.
And in that, the system can do an incredible job. But
at the same time, we know that about 70 to 80 percent
of people in this country with chronic disease have a
disease that is totally preventable. " And, while it is discouraging
to know that so much of the diseases we face
as a country is preventable, Gupta says, " I think it represents
an incredible opportunity, because it makes us
realize - makes us more compelled to believe - that
we have more control over our health than I think anyone
has fully realized. "
Imagine a world that enables individuals and communities
to be naturally proactive about their health.
What does that society look like to you? According to
Dr. Gupta and his example of the Tsimane people, an
Indigenous tribe living in the Amazon rainforest that
experiences virtually no chronic disease (tinyurl.com/
ysup28hh), " [they] teach us that it is possible for human
beings to go their entire lives without getting diseased....
It is not preordained to think about diseases
as diseases of aging. " What's more, " most of the time,
this Indigenous tribe was out in nature, " which, Gupta
says, is a major contributing factor to their health.
When I imagine this chronic illness-free world, I
see communities in which parks and recreation is a
vital component of daily life - where green ways and
green spaces serve as active transportation corridors,
connecting people to recreation and socialization opportunities
that enrich their minds, bodies and souls.
Many, if not all, park and recreation professionals and
their agencies already are providing these benefits to
their communities.
During my conference keynote, I stated, " This
week I want you to celebrate your successes in closing
the gaps between us. This week, I hope you will
learn new things, many new things, from your peers,
[and] celebrate the ways that they've helped to bring
their communities together in spaces we use for
health [and] wellness, to create, to celebrate, to play,
and to restore our spirits. " I would like to extend that
sentiment and encourage you to take a moment to
reflect on what you've achieved this year, and the
many positive impacts you've made on your community.
If you would like to share your community's
park and recreation story with NRPA, please feel
free to contact us at prmagazine@nrpa.org.
CAROLYN F. MCKNIGHT-FREDD
Chair, NRPA Board of Directors
8 Parks & Recreation | DECEMBER 2 0 22 | PARK S ANDRECRE AT ION . OR G
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December 2022 - Parks & Recreation - Intro
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