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  • Achieving healthy New Year's resolutions through play

    It’s that time of year again. The resolve to better oneself is underway. However, as time passes we find our enthusiasm dwindling. Have you ever wondered why New Year’s resolutions are so easy to make but so difficult to keep? More often than not, it’s because we fail to introduce a fun element to the resolution, making it seem like a chore.

    Play is one of our best bets at achieving a resolution. It brings us joy and enhances our quality of life. Here are some resolutions play can help us accomplish:

    Losing weight
    Losing weight is one of the most popular New Year resolutions. Joining a gym is another equally popular idea. How about skipping the gym and spending an hour playing outside every day instead? Chances are that we’ll enjoy it a lot more and get some fresh air, all while improving our fitness. Plus – it’s free.

    Improving relationships 
    Play can improve relationships. Playing with our partners, children, friends and family can be a great way of spending quality time together and reinvigorating our bond with them

    Eliminating stress
    We work too hard and play too little. Spending even 30 minutes a day playing or doing something recreational can take our minds off our worries and improve our state of mind

    Higher productivity 
    Everyone wants to be more productive. Taking part in unstructured play on a regular basis impacts the brain positively by increasing motivation and memory, driving efficiency, resulting in increased creativity and productivity

    Volunteering
    We often think about how we want to contribute towards society and create a positive impact. Play is the simplest and most meaningful solution. Several underserved communities around the country do not have access to unstructured, outdoor play. Identifying such communities and working with them to build play spaces and recreational zones is a great way to start volunteering

    How are you planning to incorporate play to achieve your New Year’s resolutions?

  • Autism: why playgrounds matter

    How can a playground make a difference for a child with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)?

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  • Funding your playground

    Most of us want a playground. However, coming up with the money needed to purchase the playground can pose a problem.

    playground 300x217 Funding your playground

    Fundraising is one popular way schools and other organizations can raise money for the items they need and want. Unfortunately it can often take several years to raise the funds needed for bigger ticket items such as playground equipment. One of the keys to successful fundraising isn’t just to find interesting new ideas for goods to sell or auction off, or for events such as standby car washes or spaghetti dinners; it’s about gaining the commitment of those involved to make the fundraiser successful through engagement, recruitment and passion for the cause.

  • How to build a playground in 10 easy steps

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    t’s exciting learning to do something you know you’ll do again and again … like cooking a favorite meal or wakeboarding … but how often will you build a playground?  For some, it may be a regular occurrence—something that you do as part of your job.  For most others, such as members of the PTA, it’s a once in a lifetime situation that may seem exciting, yet daunting.

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