FP Parks & Rec Selected for Rural Learning Collaborative

FP Parks & Rec Selected for Rural Learning Collaborative

By Zach Hester, Reporter • zach@southerntorch.com

FORT PAYNE, Ala. — FORT PAYNE, Ala. — The Fort Payne Parks and Recreation Department has been selected to participate in the Rural Learning Collaborative.

Fort Payne was selected as one of just five rural agencies across the entire nation selected by the National Recreation and Parks Association. The other selected agencies include Bainbridge Island, Wash., Leadville, Colo., Slatington, Pa., and Newport, Or.

“We are very excited to participate in the National Recreation and Parks Association’s Rural Learning Collaborative," said Fort Payne Parks and Recreation Director Robin Brothers. "We look forward to working with fellow recreation professionals to address health and wellness issues. You can look for more fun and exciting wellness programs coming to Fort Payne Parks and Recreation.”

The program, which is supported by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), focuses on the assessment, exploration, and establishment of partnerships in communities in order to leverage assets and overcome the various challenges faced with offering evidence-based programs and services.

As part of the Rural Learning Collaborative, Fort Payne Parks and Recreation will offer the Walk With Ease program, a low-impact group-based walking program designed for participants with arthritis. However, all who want to incorporate more physical activity in their daily lives are welcome to participate. The anticipated start date of the six-week program is March and will include walking, stretching, and education.

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