Back to School Doesn't Mean the End of Play

mikaela randolphThis month many children are heading back to school. Like many children and parents at this time of year, I am excitedly nervous -- excited about the beginning of a new school year, and slightly nervous about the challenges that lie ahead. But as we all settle our children back into the routine of early morning rising and homework, these routines should not mean the end of the extended summer play.

Innovative Ways to Share Space for Physical Activity

Mikaela RandolphDo you want to build a snowman? (Thanks to my six-year old daughter and Disney’s Frozen, I can’t keep this song out of my head.)  While snow play is a great winter activity, most of the country has had a brutal winter, and I imagine at this point your answer to that question is a resounding “NO.”  It's springtime now, and we’re all looking forward to having a little more fun in the sun.

Shared Use and the Changing Role of Hospitals: Spotlight on Ohio

mikaelaPeople don’t know I wear an “S” on my chest, because that’s how effective I believe shared use practices can be. Yep I said it “I’m a Shared Use –Super Hero." And like any super hero,  we work with other caped crusaders. That’s why the spotlight this month is on Ohio’s efforts in the shared use world.

Shared Use: Lead by Example

Maggie CooperOne of the most important and basic lessons we all learn is how to share. As children we are taught to share our toys and time on the swings, as employees we are encouraged to share ideas and successes, and as bicyclists we request that cars share the road. The idea is that by sharing, several people or groups get to enjoy something that otherwise would have only benefited one person or group.

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Joint Use – Breaking Out All Over

Dave JanisAs we have often discussed, joint use (or shared use) agreements are one of the National Partnership’s three primary policy priorities from our Robert Wood Johnson funding. What is really exciting is how we frequently hear more about how much is going on in our seven network states. Here is a sampling:

So Many Resources, So Little Time: Announcing a New Library of Resources

Robert PingCo-authored with Kathy Cooke, network coordinator - One of the most common interests shared by staff at the National Partnership is a love of books. Reading books, belonging to book clubs, haunting book stores when we're not working -- you name it.

Ohio’s Safe Routes to School Network: Improving Ohio’s Health and Connectivity!

Kate MoeningThe first Ohio network meeting was held on Tuesday, June 19 at the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) Central Office, to kick off the National Partnership’s efforts in Ohio.

Introducing Ohio’s Safe Routes To School Advocacy Organizer: Commitment to Community

Kate MoeningGrowing up in Berea, Ohio, I walked to school, played outside and rode my bike in our part of the Cleveland Metro Parks. My love of the outdoors and community service started there during elementary school –a park cleanup and stream restoration in the 5th grade showed me how people can make positive changes in their community.  

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