Ashburn, Va. — In February, the National Recreation and Park Association
announced Commit to Health — a campaign to get kids healthy that’s supported
by the Partnership for a Healthier America. Commit to Health will
bring healthy eating and physical activity standards to community park and
recreation programs throughout the country.
Commit to Health is a five-year campaign that supports the implementation
and evaluation of Healthy Eating and Physical Activity standards in
park and recreation sites across the U.S. These standards help ensure that
children in out-of-school-time programs receive healthy food and adequate
physical activity time to make each one happier and healthier. nrpa plans
to have at least 2,000 sites implementing hepa standards in their out-ofschool-
time programs by the end of the five-year campaign.
HEPA standards, created in 2011, have been adopted by numerous organizations
for out-of-school-time programs to foster the best possible nutrition
and physical activity outcomes for children attending them. To help park
and recreation sites as they implement the HEPA standards, NRPA is working
with the Alliance for a Healthier Generation, which will provide technical
assistance and planning support to the participating sites.
Farmington Hills, Mich. — NTEA, The Association for the Work Truck
Industry, released in February the 2014 Fleet Purchasing Outlook.
Based on survey results from 300 mid- to high-level management fleet
professionals with decision-making authority for truck acquisitions or
vehicle specifications, the outlook is intended to help manufacturers
and distributors navigate current market conditions with insights into
fleet purchasing behavior.
2014 Fleet Purchasing Outlook is provided at no charge to ntea members
in hard copy or pdf form and is available upon request to nonmembers for
$199. To order a copy, visit “Shop ntea” on NTEA.com or call (800) 441–6832.
Kirkland, Wash. — Icom Inc., parent company of Icom America Inc.,
entered its 50th year in the wireless communications industry in April 2014.
The company is a manufacturer and industry leader of two-way radio. Icom’s
current product line serves ham radio enthusiasts, avionics, marine and
land mobile markets. The company spearheads digital technology such as
d-star and the Icom Advanced Digital System known as idas.
Icom was founded in 1954 by Tokuzo Inoue and was officially incorporated
in 1964. Although the company has an international presence in over
80 countries, its head office and factory facilities are located exclusively in
Japan. Icom’s design and manufacturing processes are ISO9001/ISO9002
and ISO14001 certified, and Icom radios meet MIL-STD 810 specifications.
Icom is the first Japanese company to supply radios to the United States
Department of Defense and the U.S. Marine Corps.
Farmington Hills, Mich. — The Work Truck Show 2014 Innovation Award
was presented to Cirus Controls for its GPS DataSmart winter maintenance
reporting system. GPS DataSmart beat out more than 115 other new products
to win the award at The Work Truck Show 2014, which was held March
3–7 at the Indiana Convention Center in Indianapolis, Ind.
All products entered in The Work Truck Show New Product Spotlight
and New Product Media Guide were eligible for the Innovation Award. A
panel of fleet managers and trade media editors judged the entries based
on their innovativeness. GPS DataSmart was selected in part because it
combined several features to offer winter maintenance fleet operators a
complete vehicle and materials tracking solution.