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Play for Health!

Play is one of the most amazing things ever. It’s not only enjoyable but also beneficial to people of all ages and abilities! One of the major benefits of play is the opportunity to be physically active while having fun. Movement is inherent in play and instead of being a chore, it is an exciting and social way to get the 60 minutes of exercise recommended for children ages 6-17 by the Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion. ...

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Outdoor Spaces for the Win

Spending time outdoors is important for both mental and physical health. People are more active when they are outside and children learn better. There is Vitamin D and it’s a sensory-rich environment. Active communities do better. This may seem like an obvious statement but hear us out. They do better in ways that are above and beyond obesity rates and high blood pressure scores, although those are better as well. Research shows that active communities have lower unemployment scores ...

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Cleaning and Disinfecting Your Burke Playground

Having a clean playspace is always important and necessary. It improves the experience of users and promotes hygiene and health. With COVID-19 on everyone’s mind, addressing the cleaning of playgrounds and recreation areas has taken on a new importance. When looking for information on cleaning community spaces, especially for COVID-19, The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) website is the best location to go to for current information and best practices. The CDC publishes Environmental Cleaning and Disinfection Recommendations that ...

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Why We're Passionate About Movement

Keeping kids, families and communities moving is something we're passionate about - especially in these unprecedented times of uncertainty and social distancing. People are seeking time outdoors as a respite. And for good reason - outdoor play is a great way to curb too much screen time, loneliness, depression and anxiety. Some heartening news... people in the medical community are starting to take notice of the importance of time spent outdoors, moving and socializing. Articles like this one shared here ...

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sPEAKing Our Minds - The Importance of Water

It's 2020 and, for many of us, it's a time to set resolutions. Drinking and getting more water is low-hanging fruit... something we can do without a lot of effort and very little to no money! AND... a ton of benefits. Hydration matters, whether you're running, working out, or just trying to stay out of the dirt, your water intake is vital. Our bodies NEED water to function, plain and simple! There are so many wonderful effects water has ...

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sPEAKing Our Minds: How to Eat Healthier Around the Holidays

Notice we said healthier…lifestyle changes are sustainable and allow for us to indulge sometimes and still be on plan. The holiday season is upon us and many times families and friends get together and enjoy all types of food, prepared by different family members...and that last part is noted because everyone isn’t preparing the meal based on your dietary needs or wants.  Read more for some strategies that will help you enjoy the holidays and still come out on the ...

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