Health & Wellness Resource Group

Save the Date!

Health & Wellness Resource Group Spring Meeting
Hosted virtually by VRPS: HWRG.
Wednesday, May 1, 2024, at 1:30 pm. 

“Improving Health Equity with a Community Health Assessment" presented by Sentara and Blue Ridge Health District. Presenters: Jen Fleisher, Blue Ridge Health District, CHA/CHIP Program Officer - with Sandra McMasters, Sentara, Community Benefit Project Manager and Tameka Irving, Sentara Martha Jefferson Hospital, Community Benefit Manager. 

Message Michele Atkin at [email protected] if you are new to HWRG and to request a meeting invitation. 

Trauma, Resilience and Adverse Experiences Training
Hosted by the VRPS: I Play Too & the Southwestern Service Area.
Wednesday, May 22, 2024, 10am-2pm.
Location: Chatham Community Center, 115 South Main Street, Chatham, VA 24531
Contact: Jason Bookheimer, [email protected], 434-799-5150
Register: Virginia Recreation & Park Society (
(Lunch included with registration.)


2024 Health & Wellness Resource Group Board Members

Chair - Michelle Atkin, Arlington County Parks and Recreation
Chair Elect - Kristen Tolj, James City County Parks and Recreation
Treasurer - Melissa Crook, Suffolk Parks and Recreation
Recorder - Rena DeAndrea, Danville Parks and Recreation 

Group Mission

This group will provide education, training, and networking opportunities for Parks and Recreation professionals who are responsible for health and wellness classes and services. It will support recreation professionals who desire to learn how to improve the health and wellness of their community members through the addition of new programs. It will provide opportunities for seasoned fitness professionals to share their knowledge.  The group will support the VRPS mission.