Health and Wellness

COAHealthWellnessAnnapolis Recreation and Parks offers a variety of programs and activities for all ages at very reasonable prices. From youth and adult athletic leagues to yoga classes and horseback riding, there are a number of programs which will meet your recreational interests. For the very young or the young-at-heart, keep up with our latest activities by joining our e-mail list. Register here.

Five Benefits of Exercise and Nutrition


If you eat healthy, small snacks and meals throughout the day, you'll keep your blood sugar from crashing and feel more energetic. If you hit the gym for 30 minutes each day, you'll have the added benefit of a neurotransmitter called serotonin, which is a natural mood booster.

Weight Control

Losing weight and keeping it off takes a combination of eating fewer calories and burning more energy. Eat nutrient-dense, low-calorie foods such as fruits, vegetables and lean meats and other proteins that will fill you up. Integrate physical activity into your everyday routine in addition to scheduled exercise. For instance, take the stairs at work or park at the far end of the lot.


Regular exercise and good nutrition may ameliorate or prevent a myriad of conditions including heart disease, hypertension, stroke, Type 2 diabetes, arthritis, osteoporosis and depression. Consult your physician to make sure your diet and exercise plans are compatible with your medications and health conditions.


There is nothing like running farther or improving your physique to boost your self-esteem. Take time to enjoy your new healthy lifestyle. Update your wardrobe and enroll in a cooking class. Keep fitness fun and interesting by trying something new -- go for a hike, take a martial arts course or register for a 5K.


If you exercise vigorously for 30 minutes a day, you may find you sleep much more soundly at night. A good night's rest will improve your mental acuity and energy levels the next day.

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Healthy Vending Starts Here. Annapolis Recreation and Parks launched an initiative to provide healthy snack and drink choices in the vending machines at the "Pip" Moyer Recreation Center. These efforts expanded into other City of Annapolis buildings -- City Hall, the Harbormaster's Office and the Truxtun Park Pool. The healthy vending initiative is part of the City's efforts to participate in First Lady Michelle Obama's Let's Move! campaign which helps to fight childhood obesity.

GoSlowWhoa wo HLSH logo_1Following the rules of a stop light -- green / yellow / red -- we've provided a color-coded crab key for people to use as advice when making a snack or drink decision: 
    • green -- Go!!
    • yellow -- Slow...
    • red -- Whoa!

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Thank you to partner Varsity Vending for helping our community to think lite and choose right to make healthy snack decisions. Check out all the options the next time you come into one of the ARPD facilities!