Parks & Recreation Receives National Innovation in Health Award
PORT ST. LUCIE – The Parks and Recreation Department’s Rock Steady Boxing program, which aims to improve the lives of those living with Parkinson’s Disease, has received prestigious national recognition. The department was recently selected to receive the national Innovation in Health Award by the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA).
In addition, the department will compete with three finalists from other categories for the Best in Innovation Award and will be recognized at the 2019 NRPA Annual Conference, Sept. 24–26, 2019, in Baltimore, Maryland.
NRPA Innovation Awards recognize park and recreation agencies nationwide that have improved and strengthened their communities through innovative practices in park design, health and wellness, conservation and social equity. Specifically, the Innovation in Health Award recognizes a park and recreation agency leading an innovative project that fosters a culture of health in their community.
“The Rock Steady Boxing Program is a proven program of boxing training methods, which have been verified to halt or slow the progression of Parkinson's Disease,” said Parks & Recreation Director Sherman Conrad. “The addition of the Rock Steady Boxing Program into our fitness offerings is yet another indication of our support for the City's Strategic Goals, and our efforts to advocate for all people.”
Three Port St. Lucie fitness staff members, Anne Stadius, Maureen Marchand, and Steve Levy are certified in the Rock Steady Boxing Program. These fitness classes are offered on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays and are $50 a month. Participants must have a Parkinson’s diagnosis.
“NRPA is proud to recognize innovation in parks and recreation with these awards,” said Kristine Stratton, NRPA president and CEO. “Congratulations to this year’s winners who have demonstrated their commitment to building communities through innovative park and recreation practices.”