February 15, 2017

Neal Boling is the station manager for KHQ and a member of the Spokane Parks Foundation's marketing committee.

A few years ago, Neal decided to get healthy - and he headed outside to Riverfront Park to do it. Here's his park story!

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How long have you been in Spokane?

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February 14, 2017

I know, I know. The snow is still covering much of the trails around here. The ice is still coating a lot of trail parking lots. And what isn't covered with coldness seems to be consumed by mud.

But for the brave few who dare, its not too early to get back outside! 

And...

January 12, 2016

Frederick Law Olmsted already knew what science is just beginning to prove. In fact, based on how we've built our societies, its something we've known all along - we need nature.

 

Just picture it...you're having the most Monday of all Mondays. Your stress levels are thr...

January 12, 2016

"Health data shows that as little as 30 minutes of walking a day cuts the incidence of Alzheimer’s Disease in half, lowers the likelihood of diabetes by 60 percent, limits colon cancer by 31 percent for women and reduces risk of dementia, heart disease, depression, ost...

September 21, 2015

The Surgeon General recently released a call to action - Step it Up! - encouraging everyone to walk more. 

 

"Walking is one of the easiest and most affordable ways to build up physical activity in your life.”

-U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Vivek H. Murthy

 

 

Dr. Murthy specific...

August 6, 2015

This is a terrific article on the role that parks play in public health - from the standpoint of a health administrator. This article provides an amazing overview of the backbone of what the Spokane Parks Foundation is working towards - a stronger, healthier community.

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July 23, 2015

It’s ironic that time outside during the school day has been reduced to allow more time

for standardized test preparation when it’s that very time outdoors

that could create higher test scores.

Back to School: Back Outside!

Kevin Coyle, National Wildlife Federation Vice Pr...

 

 

The Centers for Disease Control estimates that 17% of children in the United States are obese. From 1980 to 2008 the obesity rate TRIPLED for children.[i] In Washington 26% of people are obese or overweight. In Spokane County, 27% of our friends and neighbors are obe...

June 30, 2015

Decoding the human genome was impressive…But a child playing in the woods?

That simple, time-honored image is at once magical, and powerful, and inspiring.

Nature Play and Learning Places, Robin C. Moore

 

With the increasing focus on children’s education and health issues...

 

There are SO MANY reasons that we need parks. But the health and future wellbeing of children is chief among them. Lately there has been a small flood of articles and studies showing why being outdoors is so vital for kids. These studies are not just showing that exer...

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