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Jun 20, 2022

Study: People Are Most Physically Active When Their Environments are Both Highly Walkable and Very Green

New research used wearable sensors and satellite data to identify how a person’s environment affects their level of daily exercise. 

Lake Raleigh- How Parks and Green Spaces Can Improve Your Health - College of Natural Resources News NC State University

Apr 20, 2022

How Parks and Green Spaces Can Improve Your Health

NC State associate professors Lincoln Larson and Aaron Hipp discuss the role of parks and green spaces in promoting physical and mental well-being. 

Park bench - Outdoor Activity Tied to Mental Health of Teens, Young Adults During COVID-19 Pandemic - College of Natural Resources News NC State University

Dec 6, 2021

Outdoor Activity Tied to Mental Health of Teens, Young Adults During COVID-19 Pandemic

In two new studies, researchers from NC State found declines in outdoor activity and park use during the first year of the COVID-19 pandemic were linked to young adults’, teens’ mental health. 

Johnston County Parks - Alumni Form Nonprofit Dedicated to Supporting Parks, Recreation, Open Spaces and the Arts - College of Natural Resources News NC State University

Nov 30, 2021

Alumni Form Nonprofit Dedicated to Supporting Parks, Recreation, Open Spaces and the Arts

The Friends of Johnston County Parks group is working to expand recreational opportunities in Clayton, Smithfield and surrounding communities. 

Woman and child walking in a park - 4 Low-Cost Ways To Create Safe Public Spaces Where All Kids Can Play - College of Natural Resources News NC State University

Aug 6, 2021

4 Low-Cost Ways To Create Safe Public Spaces Where All Kids Can Play

NC State associate professor Aaron Hipp and other experts describe four ways for communities to create opportunities for more play for children. 

A person goes for a jog in the morning.

Jan 19, 2021

How COVID-19 is Impacting the Mental Health of College Students

A study of students at seven U.S. universities identified risk factors for greater mental health impacts linked to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Public park - Study Identifies Amenities Parents Want in Public Parks - College of Natural Resources News NC State University

Jan 4, 2021

Study Identifies Amenities Parents Want in Public Parks

Parents from diverse backgrounds value parks that offer playgrounds, sports fields and green spaces, and safety, according to a survey from NC State researchers. 

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Nov 6, 2020

Sport and the Environment: What is the Connection?

Sport can negatively impact the environment, something teams and colleges across the country are working to remedy. 

A wildfire burns near a lake in California.

Oct 16, 2020

After the Blaze: How Wildfires Can Impact Drinking Water

As wildfires grow hotter and more destructive, cities around the world could face drinking water shortages. 

burning wildfire - Wildfire Smoke Causes Unhealthy Air Quality Across the West - College of Natural Resources News NC State University

Sep 14, 2020

Wildfire Smoke Causes Unhealthy Air Quality Across the West

Wildfires in the western United States are causing unprecedented levels of air pollution, posing a serious health risk to both nearby residents and those hundreds of miles away.