P&R Weekly
Aug. 12, 2013

The National Park Service turns 97 on Aug. 25
National Park Service
On Sunday, Aug. 25, the National Park Service turns 97 years old. To celebrate, admission to all national parks will be free so that everyone can join in the festivities taking place coast-to-coast. "National parks belong to all Americans, and we invite everyone to join us and celebrate this special day," said National Park Service Director Jonathan B. Jarvis. "From kite-building demonstrations at Wright Brothers National Memorial, to a river paddle at New River Gorge National River or a scenic railroad ride at Steamtown National Historic Site, America's national parks offer something for the whole family."More

Physical activity is the closest thing we have to a 'Wonder Drug'
Phit America
In a recent exchange with PHIT America, Dr. Thomas Frieden, Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, reiterated his strong support for physical activity as a way to maintain good health. "Physical activity is the closest thing we have to a wonder drug," acknowledged Dr. Frieden. "Being active is one of the most important things people of all ages, sizes, and shapes can do to improve their health."More

A closer look at why child obesity rates may be falling
USA Today
If the USA is starting to get a handle on childhood obesity, as federal health officials said, what might we finally be doing right? Three trends are being held up by health experts as encouraging developments: programs to get kids to exercise more, such as first lady Michelle Obama's Let's Move campaign; an increase in breast-feeding; and improvements in the nutritional content of foods provided to low-income women and children by the federal government.More

After Wilsonville, Hillsboro bee deaths, Tualatin Hills Park & Recreation District looks to create pollinator haven
The Oregonian
June was a bad month for Oregon bees. First, an estimated 50,000 bees died in that parking lot after trees were sprayed with Safari, an insecticide used to control aphids. Then, just days later, hundreds of bees were found dead under a linden tree in downtown Hillsboro. The tree also had been treated with Safari, though the Oregon Department of Agriculture has not yet confirmed the cause of the Hillsboro bee deaths.More

How to be more productive and creative at work? Play more
Scientists say there are two main reasons we play: first, it's preparation. It allows us to practice skills that we will need in a safe environment where we can fail with few consequences, so we can apply those skills when they are really needed. Bears in the wild who play as cubs have a much higher survival rate than those who don't. Play is also necessary for brain growth.More

Military fitness centers encouraged to offer more for youths
Athletic Business
When thinking of military members, images of fit men and women running endless miles and working hard doing everything from swimming to indoor cycling to Cross-Fit is what typically pops to mind. But, turn that image into a family portrait and the image may look a little different, especially when service members' children are in the picture.More