Health

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Public park and trail systems are a valuable component of healthy communities. The Trust for Public Land conducted a study of the Metroparks Toledo, and found that it produces significant economic benefits for the local community—generating tens of millions of dollars in economic benefits each year.

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America has a park problem. Nature is essential for healthy, happy communities, but today, 100 million people in this country—a third of us!—don’t have a park within a 10-minute walk of home.

The Trust for Public Land is focused on fixing this problem. That’s...

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Don’t show up empty-handed to your Fourth of July festivities! Check out our collection of fresh summer recipes from growers we've met while protecting farms and gardens all over the country. Whether you’re pitching in for a potluck or taking charge of the full menu, we've got you covered with...

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Laurie and Andrea Kass are on a mission. The mother-daughter duo from Marquette, Michigan, aim to hike at least 100 miles on the North Country Trail this year. “When we first started hiking together a few years ago, Andrea could go maybe a half-mile—a mile, tops,” says Laurie. “Now she’s up to...

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Parks make our cities happier, healthier, and more prosperous. But today, more than 100 million Americans don’t have a park within a 10-minute walk of home. Instead, kids play in streets, alleyways, or vacant lots. Or they just stay inside, eyes glued to screens—a national crisis of inactivity...

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The first trick any skateboarder has to master is learning how to fall. “Skaters have to know how to handle a situation if you’re about to lose your balance,” says Thuy Nguyen, who runs the San Francisco Skate Club. “There are things you can do to stay on your feet, or at least fall in a way you...

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To reach Kearsarge Pass in the southern Sierra Nevada, you’ll need to ascend 2,600 feet in 11 miles, over big boulders and through loose scree. Some of the highest peaks in the country loom overhead, and the stunted trees that cling to the mountainsides offer little protection from the high-...

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Brandon Brown’s approach to building bikes is as much a life philosophy as it is a principle of mechanics. “When your system is stiff, if one thing goes off—that creates friction, and friction binds,” he says.  “Building some flexibility into the system makes the whole thing run smoother....

Conceptual rendering of Cook Park with a Stadium by HDR, Inc

In 2002, a torrential flood descended on Atlanta's historic Vine City and English Avenue communities. In its aftermath, 160 families lost their homes. While the city worked to relocate those impacted by the flood, the land where they once lived lay vacant. Flooding, pollution, and sewer overflows have continued to plague residents.

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As in many cities around the country, low-income neighborhoods in Boston are burdened with high unemployment rates and limited access to healthy food. Together, these factors contribute to a local food crisis that disproportionately affects the city's most vulnerable people.

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