Posts in the ‘Physical Activity’ Category

Celebrate Community Parks

Parks are incredibly versatile, fun areas for everyone in a community. They’re perfect for children who want to play on a playground, family or friends who want to have a picnic, or dog owners who want to take their pets on a walk. Besides being a fun location for residents, parks indicate a lot about a community. The ACSM American Fitness Index considers a lot of factors when evaluating health and fitness, and the different implications of community parks are one of the areas considered by the rankings. What parks say about a community: Park-related expenditures How much a community…

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Rethinking Walking

Walking is a simple and easy way to add physical activity to daily schedules and since it’s free, it’s available to everybody. Since the first edition of the ACSM American Fitness Index® data report, ACSM has recognized the importance of walking for a healthy lifestyle. While the Fitness Index has always taken the number of people who walk to work as part of its methodology, it hasn’t considered walking trips to amenities such as grocery stores, shops and school. New Walk Score® Ranking Indicator For the latest edition of the data report, ACSM added a new walking indicator: Walk Score®…

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July is National Park and Recreation Month!

Since 1985, America has celebrated July as the nation’s official Park and Recreation Month. The American Fitness Index recognizes the importance of community parks and recreational areas and the role they play as a contributing environmental indicator for better health and physical activity. OUT is IN A study conducted for the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) found that 3 in 10 U.S. adults do not spend time outdoors on a daily basis. NRPA wants to break that trend with their OUT is IN campaign. The program emphasizes how parks and recreation services are vital assets for our communities in…

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