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,