URPA 2018 Educational Sessions Presented by LuckyDog Recreation

“Natural Harmony: A guide to blending Outdoor Music and Community”

10:45 am – 12:00 pm  –  Presented by Kate Morrison, Freenotes Harmony Park

Music is an expressive language that is woven throughout the cultural fabric of all generations and all civilizations. There is a growing body of research that confirms music in nature positively engages the brain, builds social cohesion, and even creates the conditions for building harmonious communities.

Music transcends age, gender, ethnicity, and mobility. It is a gathering force that promotes kindness and helps us build stronger community connections.

Recent brain-based research explores synchronicity between music and nature and the impact it has on our physical, mental, and emotional health. The collective benefits can lead to more harmony within a community.

Explore the connection between music and nature in a park setting where every member of the community benefits.

Because few communities have a music program available and affordable to everyone, we will explore how a permanent installation of musical instruments can change that. With a simplified system of musical instruments that allow anyone to play regardless of age, training, or ability, individuals or several people all at once can enjoy music.

  • Participants will learn how musical instruments in a group setting create meaningful ensembles.
  • Participants will also learn to design musical settings for their own communities.

URPA 2018 educational session with Kate MorrisonKate Morrison is the Sales and Business Development Manager with Freenotes Harmony Park. Freenotes is the industry leader in outdoor musical instruments, invented by Grammy Award-Winning musician Richard Cooke, more than 20 years ago. LuckyDog Recreation is the distributor of Freenotes Harmony Park equipment for Utah.

“The Power of Place – Why Parks Matter For Health”

4:30 pm – 5-45 pm  –  Presented by Dr. Brett McIff, Physical Activity Coordinator at the Utah Department of Health

It has been said that your zip code is as important as your genetic code when it comes to health.

Public health agencies across Utah are working with communities to build healthy behaviors and environments.

In this session, we will discuss how health data can help you make the most impact in your communities, and how you can best access that data.

  • You will learn how to use local data to identify what people want when it comes to parks and playgrounds.
  • As a result, you will know how to make the healthy choice, the easy choice for everyone.

 Dr. Brett McIff - LuckyDog RecreationDr. Brett McIff has worked in physical activity promotion for over 20 years in a variety of fields from personal training to policy development.  He received his undergraduate degree at the University of Utah in Exercise and Sports Science. He continued his graduate work with a Master of Science in Public Health and a Ph.D. in Public Health at Walden University.  Brett has served as President of the National Physical Activity Society and as President of the Utah Chapter of the Society of Public Health Educators and served on expert panels with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the National Academy of Science.  He works with committees at the national, state, and local levels to promote environments that encourage regular physical activity.

Time – Date – Location – Register URPA Tradeshow 
Tuesday, March 13th
Floor Event – 8:00 to 3:30
Utah Valley Convention Center
220 W. Center St.
Provo, UT 84601
Register here.

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