Parks, Recreation, and Outside Play Wellness Summit

May 6, 2019



The NCRPA Wellness Initiative has been working diligently to offer a wellness summit! Through following trends in public health and wellness, the Parks, Recreation, and Outside Play Wellness Summit was developed. This wellness blog will detail more about the wellness summit, and give you information on how to register. 


Our Parks, Recreation, and Outside Play Wellness Summit will be held on Tuesday, May 21st from 9:00 am to 3:30 pm at Herbert C. Young Community Center in Cary, North Carolina (101 Wilkinson Ave, Cary).  


This one day summit brings together parks and recreation professionals, health care providers, outdoor industry stakeholders, and academic scholars to discuss the health benefits of parks, recreation, and outside play. Two panel and facilitated roundtable discussions will take place during this full-day affair, centered around partnerships between different sectors and providing equal access to resources for all members of our communities.


This workshop will give you the opportunity to learn about best practices and success stories from industry leaders on how to positively impact the health of your communities!


The first panel is entitled "Health and Recreation" and will allow attendees to learn about the intersections of parks, recreation, and outdoor play with public health outcomes! Through learning about innovative examples, attendees will learn best practices and success stories of recreation-based health initiatives. Panelists include: 


Asheley Skinner, Ph.D. - Duke University

Sarah Armstrong, M.D. - Duke University

Kirsten Ambrose, M.S.  - University of North Carolina

Jodi Rich - New Hanover County Parks and Gardens

Aaron Hipp, Ph.D. - NC State University (Moderator)


Our second panel is entitled "Building Healthy Communities". This panel will provide examples of utilizing the built environment, cooperative extension, and special populations to impact community health. Panelists include: 


Melissa Rockett - NC Division of Public Health Built Environment Coordinator

Jeanne Dairaghi, Grant Manager -  Healthy Aging NC Initiative

Yvonne Murphy - NC State Cooperative Extension

Lindsey Haynes - Maslow, PhD - NC State University

Annie Hardison-Moody, PhD - NC State University (Moderator)


For more information about the wellness summit and to register, please visit this site! I hope to see you in Cary in a few weeks!


Until next time,


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