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Posted on: November 30, 2021

December DYK

DYK 8

Did You Know?

"Regular exercise lowers your chance of premature death by 30%, reduces your risk of stroke or coronary heart disease by up to 35% and you’re 68% less likely to fracture your hip as you age." – Moderngentlemen.net 2021


The Liberty Community Center features a 9300 sq. ft. Wellness Center, complimentary Child Watch, more than 60 Group Exercise Classes (included in your membership), Multipurpose Gymnasium with pickleball court, 4 Swimming Pools, Locker Rooms, Hot Tub, Sauna, Performing Arts Theatre and Meeting/Banquet facilities. Adult Memberships start at only $33.50 per month so come check it out! LCC Membership Info »


Previous DYK's for 2021:

DECEMBER

  • Did You Know? 70% of Americans believe that the “arts improve the image and identity” of their community.  - Americans Speak out about the Arts, 2018
    • The LPR Parks Maintenance team is heavily involved in the removal and installation of the sculptures for the Liberty Arts Commission's Rotating Sculpture Program that debuted in 2017. Each year, a piece is purchased and added to the public art collection. Some have been installed in Liberty parks --have you noticed them? Thanks to our staff for their hard work on these beautiful additions to Liberty!

OCTOBER

  • Did You Know? Each year, more than 1,400 people rely on the Liberty Community Christmas Tree (LCCT) program to make their holiday season a little brighter. In 2020, the LCCT provided food and gifts to 370 families with 945 children and 135 seniors. - LCCT By The Numbers
    • Here is what one recipient had to say about the program. “I am disabled and have been getting a Christmas box each year since 2011. Each year, when I see the students delivering, it brings tears to my eyes. And this year--oh, it’s been such a bad year for every one-and it’s so nice that there are still people out there continuing to help those of us who have so little.“ If you or someone you know could benefit from this program, you can learn more and apply online or provide additional support by adopting a family, donating food or making a donation today!

SEPTEMBER

  • Did You Know? When researchers at the London School of Economics examined the relationship between volunteering and measures of happiness, they found the more people volunteered, the happier they were. Volunteering builds empathy, strengthens social bonds and makes you smile — all factors that increase the feeling of love. – MovingWorlds.org
    • Liberty Meals on Wheels is in desperate need of regular (once a week) and substitute (average once per month) drivers. The meals are picked up between 11-11:15 a.m. and delivered to seniors in need within the City of Liberty. If you have free time over your lunch break or just looking for a way to get involved and give back, please contact us at 816.439.4398 or visit our MOW website for more info and to volunteer.

AUGUST

  • Did You Know? Research indicates that participation in organized sports reduces anxiety and depression, and enhances self-esteem. Structured sports give children a venue to develop a sense of self-discipline; to learn leadership, coping, and critical-thinking skills; and to build character. – NYU Langone Health
    • The Liberty Parks & Rec Foundation (LPRF) is currently raising funds to support the youth scholarship program to ensure that no child is turned away due to inability to pay. Since the program began in 2009, the LPRF has been able to provide $94,000 in scholarships assisting 1,305 individuals. If you or someone you know could benefit from this program, learn more and apply. If you would like to help support the scholarship program you can make a donation today!

JULY

  • Did You Know? In outdoor parks and recreation spaces, shade can prolong your time outdoors and allow children to play longer, keep equipment cool to the touch, and provide protection from harmful UV rays. Additionally, a shaded space can have temperature reductions of up to 25 degrees — now that's cool! -Superior Shade Recreational Products
    • The Liberty Parks & Rec Foundation (LPRF) is currently raising funds to purchase shade structures at Capitol Federal Sports Complex for the baseball and softball fields. The LPRF is committed to supporting the continued improvement of our Liberty parks, including our playgrounds, trails, and our healthy play spaces. Show your support and donate today » LPRF Annual Campaign

JUNE

  • Did You Know? The U.S. Surgeon General estimates that 60% of American adults are not regularly active and another 25% are not active at all. Trails and greenways provide a safe, inexpensive avenue for regular exercise for people living in rural, urban and suburban areas. - National Park Service 
    • The Liberty Parks & Rec Foundation (LPRF) is currently raising funds for their 5th Annual Campaign in hopes of building a multi-use trail at Ruth Moore Park. The LPRF is committed to supporting the continued improvement of our Liberty parks, including our playgrounds, trails, and our healthy play spaces. Show your support and donate today » LPRF Annual Campaign

MAY

  • Did You Know? "A recent study showed participation in formal swimming lessons was associated with an 88 percent reduction in the risk of drowning in 1- to 4-year old children." -National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI)
    • With summer right around the corner, it's a great time to take advantage of swim lessons at the Liberty Community Center. Registration is now open for summer group swim lessons with sessions offered in June-August for all ages and abilities.

APRIL

  • Did You Know? "Chronic diseases such as cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes, obesity, and some types of cancer, are not considered to be diet-related and 60 percent of adults have one or more of these conditions." -Dietary Guidelines for Americans 2020-2025
    • Liberty Parks & Rec has partnered with Natural Grocers here in Liberty to bring you six Wellness Wednesday classes led by their nutritional health coach. It is never too early or too late to eat healthfully and just about everyone, no matter their health status, can benefit from shifting food and beverage choices to better support healthy dietary patterns Learn more »

MARCH

  • Did You Know? "Evidence-based wellness programs are scientifically proven to help you take charge of your health, manage chronic conditions, increase your physical activity and more." - National Council on Aging 
    • Liberty Parks & Rec has expanded its FREE Virtual Evidence-Based Programs to feature Active Living Every Day, Steps to Healthier Living, Diabetes Self-Management, Chronic Disease Self-Management, Walk with Ease, Aging Mastery, Circle of Friends and Matter of Balance. Learn more » 

FEBRUARY

  • Did You Know? "People who cannot find time for recreation are obliged sooner or later to find time for illness." - John Wanamaker, renowned U.S. merchant. 
    • Stay ahead of the curve and make time for your health now! From parks and trails to water aerobics and sports leagues, LPR offers many opportunities to take your health into your own hands. Learn more »

JANUARY

  • Did You Know? Positive attitudes toward the disabled, increased understanding and sensitivity were some of the confirmed benefits of participating in integrated recreational experiences. - Parks & Recreation Magazine, 2016
    • LPR actively works to make our programs, play grounds, and facilities more equitable for everyone in our community! Have you seen the improvements being made at City Park? Take a look at the City Park Rejuvenation


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