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NRPA Launches One-Stop Venue for
Industry Information Sharing
nrpa ConneCt, the largest online networking platform for parks and recreation in
the united States is now live. the platform, available at www.nrpaconnect.org, connects
members of the association through e-mail groups, forums, networks, and blogs, providing a one-stop venue for sharing news and information, networking with colleagues,
and participating in industry-related discussions.
Speial features of nrpa Connect include:
■ " mY paGe " profile-members can create and edit unique profiles, post news, and
updates, and view industry-related events through an online calendar function.
■ " people " direCtorY-members can mark their profiles with topic-specific tags relevant to their industry interests, contact each other through a user-friendly community
directory, and view nrpa's reach via a national mapping function.
■ " GroupS " -members can join online discussion groups and networks related to specific areas of parks and recreation.
■ " forumS " -anyone
-anyone in the united States can
post, view, and comment on forum discussions
about industry-related topics.

each year, second only to school districts.
it is clear that when schools are out, the
children are in park and recreation programs and facilities. multiple federal nutrition programs exist to provide park
and recreation agencies reimbursement
for nutritious meals served to children in
areas meeting income eligibility requirements. two programs most often utilized by parks and recreation are the Child
and adult Care food program (CaCfp)
and the Summer food Service program
(SfSp). CaCfp funding primarily supports
afterschool snacks and supper, while SfSp
funding is focused on meals served while
schools are out. many park and recreation
agencies partner with local school districts
to operate these programs, while others
sponsor the programs directly. Some park
and recreation agencies provide only summer meals, some only afterschool snacks,
while some feed children year-round. no
matter the path taken to providing low-income children nutritious meals, it is an effort that is both achievable and of great
importance to america's youth and future.
obesity is a serious problem affecting millions of children across the country, as recognized by president obama's

" our goals are simple-to connect, learn, and
grow together, " says Barbara tulipane, Ceo of
nrpa. " this new networking platform will complement our person-to-person connections, allowing us to share new ideas and information
every day of the year. together, our industry will
build upon the incredible community serving america through parks and recreation. "
nrpa Connect is accessible to all nrpa members. non-members can access the online
discussion forum page by creating a free nrpa account at www.nrpaconnect.org.
for more information, contact Jessica lytle at jlytle@nrpa.org.

signing of " the Healthy, Hunger-free
Kids act of 2010, " providing significant
enhancements to federal nutrition programs. Children from low-income households and who face food insecurity are
at even greater risk than other children,
due to the additional risk factors associated with poverty. expanding children's
participation in federal nutrition programs will not only reduce childhood hunger, but will also promote healthy eating
and reduce childhood obesity, especially
among this vulnerable group. through the
numerous programs offered by park and
recreation agencies, particularly during
summers and after school, the opportunity exists to ensure children receive nutritious meals. to learn how your agency

can begin participating in federal nutrition
programs or how you can expand your
current program, contact Signe anderson
with the food research and action Center (fraC) at 202.986.2200, sanderson@
frac.org or Jimmy o'Connor with nrpa at
703.858.2177, joconnor@nrpa.org.
®
JAMES O'CONNOR is the NRPA Senior
Manager of Corporate Grants. This article
is based on excerpts from the February
2010 report published by FRAC titled
" How Improving Federal Nutrition
Program Access and Quality Work
Together to Reduce Hunger and Promote
Healthy Eating. " To read the full report,
including source references, visit www.
frac.org.

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