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sPEAKing our mind Body Symmetry –Finding Our Balance

Have you ever wondered why we lean a certain way or tend to have problems on a certain side of our body? Many of these abnormalities are because we lack certain symmetry on the inside of our bodies. Most of us took anatomy, but how many of us realized the different sizes and different places our main organs are located? This is not a problem, but postural issues and muscles imbalances can happen if we don’t resolve this asymmetry. ...

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Universal Design and Play Environments

Universal Design helps produce buildings, environments and products that are inherently accessible to everyone. Within a play environment, this takes on added importance as we consider the wide variety of ages and abilities that use park and play areas. While there are so many factors to consider when designing a play environment, our Top 5 are listed below. 1. Minimum Requirements Universal Design creates the greatest access, but minimum requirements need to be met too! The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is ...

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Connections That Move You

What does it really mean to connect? We’re all so “connected” with mobile devices, television and chats of all kinds that maybe the word has been diluted a bit? Burke is redefining what it means to connect on the playground with the Konnection™ Swing, part of the Burke product line dedicated to enhancing play experiences and creating memorable connections for all users. With welcoming, flowing design lines, it brings a comforting form and experience to the playground.   The Growing Need ...

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sPEAKing our minds – Fueling Your Body for Exercise

Why do you eat?  If your answer is, “Because I’m hungry.” Or, “Because my stomach growls.” Or, if you are eating on the fly, grabbing whatever is close and “easy”, you may need to refocus your efforts.  Just like you put specific gasoline in the tank of your car in a specific amount you should put specific foods in your body in specific amounts if you want your “engine” to run well and help you reach your health and ...

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Meet Me at the Park – Grants from NRPA and Disney

Play is an important part of community and provides a space to gather, grow, learn and share. Organizations are working to help communities bring play to their residents and we can all help spread the word about these opportunities! NRPA and Disney teamed up to provide grants to fund innovative and creative projects that transform parks and improve access to inclusive play spaces for kids (aged 3-11) and their families. Each grant is $30,000 and 25 total grants will be awarded. ...

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Speaking our mind - The “ELEVATE” Experience

Guest Bloggers: Jenn Pontello and DJ Thompson, Trainers, Peak Performance Fitness & Nutrition www.peakperformanceapex.com   PLAY THAT MOVES YOU! That would be their motto, BCI Burke would be their name. If you haven’t heard of them…you will! Last April we got our chance when the Town of Apex, through the recommendation of Barrs Recreation, brought the first obstacle course (ELEVATE) of its kind in the Nation to Apex Community Park.   They could’ve kept it simple: “build it and let them play”, ...