Painted Pavement Inspires Physical Activity


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Children will take part in more physical activity if their play spaces include ground markings, such as PlayPrints, according to a study published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine in 2005. PlayPrints are colorful shapes and games that are painted on existing pavement.

More physical activity is helps combat childhood obesity. That is why, beginning this summer, public play spaces in North Carolina will be eligible to apply for a grant to add PlayPrints to their outdoor areas.

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina (BCBSNC) and the North Carolina Recreation and Park Association (NCRPA) recently announced that they are collaborating to transform open spaces and build healthier communities by installing PlayPrints across the state.

"We want to promote healthy habits at an early age and make it fun for North Carolinians to get outside and get active with their families," said Kathy Higgins, vice president of corporate affairs at Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina. "PlayPrints are a simple way to take existing outdoor spaces in our communities and transform them into a center for healthy activity and imaginative play."

"Providing fun and creative avenues to engage our communities by adding PlayPrints to our parks and greenways is an exciting way to encourage citizens of all ages to have a little fun while increasing physical activity," said Michelle Wells, executive director at NCRPA.

Community agencies are invited to apply for a grant to have the PlayPrints installed. Wouldn't it be great to see PlayPrints at city parks, libraries, schools and other public venues? If you like the idea of PlayPrints popping up in the Triad area, here is the application information:
Applications are available on NCRPA's website, ncrpa.net/playprints.
Application period: July 6, 2015 - August 6, 2015
Grant recipients will be selected August 21, 2015 and notified by August 27, 2015

Questions about PlayPrints and the application should be directed to Michelle Wells at NCRPA, michelle@NCRPA.net.

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