Latino kids in underserved communities have limited options for physical activity, which is part of the reason they are more likely to be overweight or obese than their peers.
How can physical activity be part of their daily experience?
The best ways to improve access to and safe use of “active spaces”— gyms, athletic fields, parks, and playgrounds—include: adopting shared use agreements; improving neighborhood characteristics, such as repairing sidewalks, installing street lights, and improving park maintenance; creating safer routes to active spaces; and using marketing and technology to change Latino kids’ physical activity patterns.
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City parks worker Michael Baldwin saw rampant physical inactivity and disease in San Antonio, Texas (68% Latino). To help, he wanted to attract people to existing health programs and services in city parks. Baldwin and his team, through local collaborations, developed Fit Pass, a city-wide scavenger hunt for wellness and physical activities. People can download … Read morePosted on .
Latinos make up 15.1% of the population, yet account for 18.6% of pedestrian fatalities. Latinos face an age-adjusted pedestrian fatality rate 43% higher than whites, according to Dangerous by Design 2104. When working to promote walkability and create policies that promote walking, it is important to engage, empower and inform community members, organizations, and elected … Read morePosted on .
Data-driven policy is winning in Santa Monica, Calif. (13.1 %Latino). Santa Monica is committed to improving resident’s health by looking at housing, transportation, parks, and youths, thus was one of seven communities to receive the 2016 RWJF Culture of Health Prize. In 2012, Santa Monica developed a Wellbeing Index to measure what was hampering or helping … Read morePosted on .
Latinos and Latino communities could benefit from the co-benefits walking and walkability can provide to an individual and community. Walking and walkability are cornerstones of vital and vibrant communities, communities which make safety a priority, provide access to basic needs and services, value health equity and historical places, cultivate sustainable economic growth, and promote civic engagement. The … Read morePosted on .
Since 1969, the percentage of children walking and bicycling to school has plummeted from almost 50 percent to about 13 percent in 2013. In #4 of their StreetFacts video series, Streetfilms explores how children have lost the freedom to roam because many families drive their children to school, even when schools are close to home. Streetfilms produces … Read morePosted on .
Miami-Dade (66.8% Latino) has a culturally diverse population of over 2.7 million people, but nearly one in three children are living in poverty and in turn dealing with higher health disparities. In fact, various studies, including one from Havard T.H. Chan, has shown that income level and where you live can impact the health and diet of families. … Read morePosted on .
According to the newly released State of Obesity report, Texas it the 10th most obese state in the country. Now the American Heart Association along with many other organizations are asking parents, teachers, and health advocates to step up for kids health and take action. AHA is asking anyone who is interested in supporting kids in … Read morePosted on .
There is no doubt people are zealous about children’s safety; we are zealous about children’s health. What if these two groups of enthusiasts worked together? They would reduce time spent riding in a car: To reduce unintentional injury and death due to motor vehicle crashes; and To increase time spent walking and biking to reduce obesity, … Read morePosted on .
Louise Gooche, a retired nursing professor and director of nursing education from Durahm Technical college, founded Durham Divas ‘n Dude, a senior citizen cheer squad in February 2004. Gooche was an aerobics instructor at the YMCA of the Triangle, in Raleigh, North Carolina (10.7% Latino). After seeing senior cheerleaders perform at the North Carolina Senior Games, Gooche posted a … Read morePosted on .
Everyone needs a safe and reliable way to get to the place where they obtain foods – ideally healthy foods. However, transportation is a major barrier to accessing healthy food, particularly for Latinos. Read about how traffic safety in the U.S. lags far behind other countries here. The Safe Routes to School National Partnership created … Read morePosted on .
Residents in Columbia, Missouri (3.4% Latino) can now alert Parks and Recreation staff to maintenance and other issues through an online tool. Park and trail users can report a problem, pin the location, and upload a photo to an interactive map here. They can also follow their report to track progress. Access to safe parks plays a huge … Read morePosted on .
The first ever water park for people with special needs is under construction in San Antonio, TX (68% Latino) and should open in spring of 2017. Gordon Hartman, CEO of The Gordon Hartman Family Foundation, opened Mogran’s Wonderland, an amusement park with special-needs individuals in mind in 2010. Since 2013, he has been working with water park consultants, … Read morePosted on .
In partnership with the National Foundation on Fitness, Sports & Nutrition and in honor of the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports & Nutrition 60th Anniversary, the Council and Foundation released a mobile-ready website and #0to60 app to inspire a healthier lifestyle for individuals of all ages, backgrounds, and abilities.. There are countless benefits of living a … Read morePosted on .
What is the state of obesity in your state? New interactive maps & data released by the Trust for America’s Health and Robert Wood Johnson Foundation-The State of Obesity: Better Policies for a Healthier America. Some key findings of the report, based data from 2014-2015, : 9 of the 11 states with the highest obesity … Read morePosted on .
On August 29, 2016, the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) released an open data set containing detailed, anonymized information about nationwide traffic fatalities. This release is not business as usual. The DOT is requesting public input to help them understand what the data are revealing in communities across the country. Some private sector firms and academic institutions are … Read morePosted on .