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Durham Department of Parks and Recreation renews partnership with Bull City Fit

Saturday, June 1, 2019
Sarah Armstrong, MD

The Bull City Fit program recently reaffirmed the strength of its shared-use partnership with Durham Parks and Recreation through a renewed contract that will extend through 2024. The new agreement was celebrated with a Kids Biathalon, which had a record turnout.

Established in 2012, Bull City Fit is an integrated model of child obesity treatment, leveraging the strengths of Duke's high-quality health care and Durham's extensive parks system and recreation centers. Key support for the program is provided by the Duke Endowment, the Durham Department of Parks and Recreation, the Department of Pediatrics, the Duke Clinical Research Institute, and the Duke Center for Childhood Obesity Research.  

Notably, this partnership won the National Park Service Partnership of the Year award in 2017, and was recognized by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation as a promising strategy for clinicians and communities to work hand-in-hand to solve the pressing problem of child obesity. 

“This work would not have been possible without the tireless and collaborative efforts of Jason Jones, associate director for Recreation, the supportive leadership of Rhonda Parker, director of Parks and Recreation, and the vision and guidance of Ann Reed, chair of the Department of Pediatrics, said Sarah Armstrong, MD, associate professor of pediatrics in the Division of Primary Care and Duke Healthy Lifestyles Program.  “I want to extend my deep appreciation for these individuals on behalf of the hundreds of Durham families whose lives have been touched by this program.”

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