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Seven Degrees to Healthy Communities
Exploring the strategic impact of the NRPA Annual Conference across the
seven dimensions of health and well-being
By Maureen Neumann
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At the 2023 NRPA
Annual Conference
Member Booth,
attendees were
invited to share how
they support the
seven dimensions
of well-being by
writing on a paper
leaf or flower and
adding to the tree
pictured above.
very day, park and recreation professionals support community health
and well-being across seven unique but interconnected dimensions.
The programs, services and opportunities park and recreation professionals
provide ensure that communities achieve optimal well-being.
the economic aspect of well-being
through programs like financial literacy
classes. Other members shared
the economic impact of building playgrounds,
parks, community centers
and other recreational buildings.
Emotional: For the emotional asAt
the 2023 NRPA Annual Conference
Member Booth, attendees
were invited to share how they support
the seven dimensions of wellbeing.
By compiling this feedback,
we can see the unique ways park
and recreation professionals
are
embracing the dimensions and supporting
health and well-being.
Cultural: Members engage with
the cultural dimension of wellbeing
through offering activities like
intergenerational
programming.
They also shared infrastructure improvements,
such as incorporating
culturally significant art.
Economic: Members engage with
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pect of well-being, members shared
about community programs that
address mental health. For example,
one community ran a gun violence
prevention program. Other
programs included mindfulness and
yoga opportunities and health and
wellness programs for employees.
Members also shared their efforts
to implement trauma-informed
practices in their work.
Environmental: Parks and recreation
addresses the environmental
dimension by involving community
members in clean-up days, community
gardening, programming for
youth outdoors, and by increasing
park access. Members also shared
efforts to combat climate change
by increasing tree canopy through
planting days, removing invasive
plants, navigating storm and floodwater
mitigation, protecting watersheds,
and distributing native seeds.
Intellectual: Members shared
ways their agencies were touching on
the intellectual dimension of wellbeing
through community programming,
including financial literacy
courses and classes for parents to
improve parenting skills. In addition,
members shared infrastructure
improvements, such as creating a
shared location for libraries and recreation
centers.
Physical: Members work with
public health agencies; implement
infrastructure improvements, like
exercise equipment in parks; and
provide programming, like mindfulness,
yoga, walking, and sports and
dance for all ages.
Social: Members touched on the
social dimension of well-being more
than any other. Activities focused
on inclusion and access. Members
also touched on programming for
parents and children, military members,
and individuals identifying as
LGBTQIA+. In addition, members
offer free community events and socials
to encourage connection.
Equity: Equity sits at the center
of the seven dimensions of wellbeing,
and many members shared
ways their agencies prioritize equity
in their programming, infrastructure
improvements and hiring.
The ways park and recreation
professionals advance health and
well-being across the seven dimensions
is paramount to NRPA's new
strategic planning vision. The 2024
NRPA Annual Conference in Atlanta,
October 8-10, will highlight
and announce more exciting work
around the seven dimensions of
well-being.
Maureen Neumann is Senior Program
Manager at NRPA (mneumann@nrpa.org).
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