The issue of weight and obesity is a national health crisis. The recreation and park profession continues to be at the forefront of community efforts attempting to create solutions.

The resources below provide further information about how your department can help improve your community’s health.

State Resources

North Carolina Division of Public Health Discussion Paper (2014). Shared Use of School Property in North Carolina: The Role of Unorganized Recreation.

Resources for the Future (RFF) Discussion Paper (May 2009): Outdoor Recreation, Health and Wellness: Understanding and Enhancing the Relationship

Investigating Places for Active Recreation in Communities
Mission: To advance the science of how park, recreation and sport environments promote active living. It also seeks to facilitate the application of evidence-based policies and practices to enhance opportunities for physical activity in these environments to enhance quality of life.

Eat Smart, Move More North Carolina
NC Department of Health and Human Services Department of Public Health

NC Department of Public Health

NC Department of Public Instruction – Child Nutrition

NCSU Cooperative Extension Service- Health and Nutrition

Blue Cross Blue Shield Foundation of North Carolina Funding opportunities in areas such as health education, physical activity and preventive health

National Resources

2017 Common Measures for Parks and Trails

Common Measures Talking Points

Active Living by Design Increasing physical activity through community design

Trust for America’s Health Find information on your State’s Health, public policy, discussion forums and action plans for promoting healthy communities.

Action for Healthy Kids Public-private partnership of national organizations and government agencies representing education, health, fitness and nutrition.

National Recreation and Park Association recently published a summary report of obesity in America. This campaign is particularly relevant to organizations that plan parks, programs, and facilities designed to promote active living and healthy lifestyles through access to recreation and leisure. has created guide and short animated video – Obesity in America to foster understanding of health issues impacting our Nation’s health and wellness and provide resources to assist in combating these issues.