Physical Activity and Recreation Programming

Obesity affects 36 percent of children and 28 percent of adults in Delaware, and 41 percent of Delaware adults do not engage in physical activity at levels consistent with public-health recommendations.

Recreation planning aimed at providing access to physical activity is essential to lowering these statistics.  Some activities are temporary (e.g., corn mazes), some are education-oriented (e.g., dinosaur parks), and some are designed for outdoor enthusiasts (e.g., hiking trails), but they all seek to get community members out-and-about, exploring playful aspects of their surrounding neighborhoods.

Creating a theme is often a creative and useful way to encourage children and adults to utilize recreation infrastructure.  The NFL’s “PLAY 60” program encourages children to engage in 60 minutes of physical activity each day.  Activities set to music also promote movement in children, while giving them a chance to explore creatively. 

Locally, “No Child Left Inside,” a Delaware Greenways program, includes tips and a calendar with ideas to get kids enjoying the outdoors.  Nemours offers fact sheets PDF icon on the risks associated with overweight children and its 5-2-1-Almost None program to reverse the trend.

For additional information on how to incorporate physical activity and recreation programming in your community, visit the following:

National Recreation and Parks Association (NRPA)
NRPA has identified three key themes that encompass the essential services that parks and recreation offer the public — play, health, and environmental stewardship and conservation. 

Leadership for Healthy Communities
Offered are suggestions, resources and examples to guide policy-makers PDF icon when promoting fitness, creativity, and outdoor activity for children.

Delaware Division of Parks and Recreation - State Comprehensive Outdoor Recreation Plan (SCORP) PDF icon
This report can be used for local governments and communities to plan for recreation facilities based on recreation interests/needs of residents.

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