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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Active bodies are active and productive minds. The Million Mile Month April Community Challenge is a simple, fun and free way to get your employees or members physically active. In order to build a culture of health-free from preventable disease-it is important to build a culture of activity in schools, neighborhoods, and the workplace. 5 … Read morePosted on .
Walkability increases access to basic needs and services and creates vital and vibrant communities, which encourages involvement and supports a high quality of life for everyone and overcome existing disparities. Latino neighborhoods often lack safe places to walk and access to basic needs and services, thus face higher rates of obesity, diabetes, and heart disease. … Read morePosted on .
Safe places to walk and bike are critical for Latino and all kids to grow up healthy. Sadly, the U.S. lags far behind other countries in traffic safety. Traffic crashes are one of the leading causes of preventable death in the U.S., thus many families avoid walking and biking. Given the inequity in access to safe streets … Read morePosted on .
People are more likely to remain physically active when they can do it outdoors; however, Latino kids and adults often lack safe places to walk, play, and be active. Great news! Playgrounds are not just for kids anymore. For example, the Marion Diehl Senior Center in Charlotte, N.C. (13.1% Latino) recently installed a new playground … Read morePosted on .
Latino communities could particularly benefit from Complete Streets given that they are less likely to own a vehicle and have higher rates of obesity and bicycle fatalities than Whites. However, very little is known about the implementation of these policies. Researchers at the University of Chicago at Illinois examined what provisions in complete streets policies lead … Read morePosted on .
Joining over 900 jurisdictions across the country, Pittsburgh (2.3% Latino) adopted a Complete Streets Policy in November, 2016, in partnership with the Pittsburgh Climate Initiative to make it safer to travel using alternative modes of transportation in order to reduce greenhouse gas emission. Complete Streets policies—including laws, resolutions, executive orders, policies, and planning and design documents—encourage and … Read morePosted on .
Students at Western High School in Las Vegas (64.7% Latino), now have their very own yoga studio thanks to a unique partnership between sportswear retailer Lululemon and Create a Change Now, a Las Vegas non-profit agency. The two groups and local artists D2 came together to transform an old storage space into a state-of-the art … Read morePosted on .
Although bike lights, helmets, and reflective clothing are important, safe design of cycling facilities is paramount. According to an article published in the American Journal of Public Health, bicycle infrastructure can indeed help improve cycling safety and increase cycling levels, particularly when there is physical separation from fast-moving, high-volume motor vehicle traffic and better intersection … Read morePosted on .
Latinos are 1.7 times more likely to get diabetes, 2 times more likely to have lower extremity amputations, and 3.1 times more likely to have end stage renal disease (ESRD) than whites. A modest weight loss achieved through regular physical activity and a healthy eating plan by people at risk for type 2 diabetes could … Read morePosted on .
Millions of Americans experience limited mobility due to joint pain, which often leads to obesity and chronic disease. Latinos are burdened by higher rates of muscle and joint pain and higher rates of obesity, diabetes, and heart disease. Watch Movement is Life’s Start Moving Start Living documentary that raises awareness about how joint pain robs millions of Americans … Read morePosted on .
Disparities in muscle and joint (musculoskeletal) pain threaten the health of the nation. Our musculoskeletal system is composed of joints, ligaments, muscles, nerves, tendons, and structures that support limbs, neck and back. Latinos have more severe musculoskeletal and functional limitations than Whites, thus are more likely to be inactive, obese, diabetic, and have higher incidence … Read morePosted on .
Are you a parent, educator, or community member interested in starting a walking school bus? Here is your toolkit – Step-by-Step: How to Start a Walking School Bus at Your School. Latinos often lack access to safe routes to schools, parks, or other destinations, thus are disproportionately burdened by health disparities and pedestrian fatalities. In addition to … Read morePosted on .
One of four U.S. kids is already overweight or obese by age 2-5, with a higher prevalence among Latino kids (30%) than white kids (21%). This is a problem because children aren’t “outgrowing” overweight and obesty. Children who are overweight when they enter kindergarten are four times more likely to be obese in 8th grade compared to … Read morePosted on .
Physical activity is linked with academic achievement; however, Latino schools and neighborhoods often have fewer opportunities for kids to be active. Many Latino schools across the country are trying to get students more active to improve student performance and reduce health disparities. Kids who receive physical education (PE) in school are more active outside of school, according to the … Read morePosted on .
PHIT America shares 10+ Research Projects on how physical activity improves academic performance. University of Illinois – “Physically Fit Kids Have Beefier Brains” University of Illinois Urbana – “How Exercise Can Boost Young Brains” Dartmouth – “12 minutes of exercise improves attention and reading comprehension” Purdue University – “Kids working out get better grades” Medical University of South … Read morePosted on .