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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A growing body of research suggests that physical activity is associated with maintaining a strong and healthy mind, boosting memory and learning, and possibly delaying age-related cognitive decline. A new study supported by the National Institute for Health (NIH) and published in Cell Metabolism found a specific protein secreted by skeletal muscle cells during physical activity that enters the … Read morePosted on .
America Walks hosted a webinar, “Exploring Local Ballot Initiatives” to advance active transportation projects. The webinar showcased the tools and resources available at the Center for Transportation Excellence and three professionals talked about the various ways local ballot initiatives can be used to support and develop projects related to active transportation to make America a great place … Read morePosted on .
Over half of the 4,303 fatal and injury crashes in Upstate New York and Long Island between 2011 and 2015 occurred at an intersection. In June 2016, New York (18.8% Latino) Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced that the New York State Departments of Transportation and Health teamed up with the Governor’s Traffic Safety Committee to … Read morePosted on .
When communities consider projects to reduce crime, promoting green space is gaining popularity. And credibility. There is evidence that vacant lots play a role in the health and safety of nearby residents. Although the specific mechanism by which green space-trees, shrubs, and lawns-affects behavior is unclear, adding green space to vacant or blighted areas is linked to reduced … Read morePosted on .
Grassroots efforts to improve equitable access to swimming facilities in a low-income neighborhood in Minneapolis, Minn. (10.5% Latino), spurred a formalized Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the school board and parks board to more efficiently provide accessible, inclusive, high quality athletic and fitness opportunities and facilities for all children in Minneapolis. On June 14, 2016 the Minneapolis Public … Read morePosted on .
Disparities in exist in the proportion of adolescents who live in neighborhoods that support physical activity, defined as neighborhoods that are perceived as safe and have sidewalks or walking paths and parks, playgrounds, or recreation centers. In the June 17, 2016 Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) … Read morePosted on .
AllTransit represents the largest source of user-friendly transit connectivity, access, and frequency data in America, using publicly available General Transit Feed Specification (GTFS) data and new data created by Center for Neighborhood Technology (CNT) and with funding from TransitCenter. AllTransit analyzes the social benefits of good transit service through the lenses of health, equity, and economic … Read morePosted on .
LOCUS and the Center for Real Estate and Urban Analysis at the George Washington University School of Business released Foot Traffic Ahead 2016, a report ranking the country’s 30 largest metropolitan areas focusing on walkable urban places (WalkUPs). LOCUS is Latin for “place.” Place is important. According to the report, places with the highest levels of walkable … Read morePosted on .
Kids can’t play and people can’t walk on busy, unsafe streets. That’s why neighborhood leaders and residents like Paul D. López and Fany Mendez in the Denver, Colo., neighborhood of Westwood worked together with organizations to tackle safety concerns on Morrison Road, an arterial street that ran through their neighborhood. Their efforts led to a … Read morePosted on .
Westwood Unidos and Re:Vision, two local organizations in the Westwood neighborhood of Denver, Colo. (31.2% Latino population) were already working to make the area a healthier place for families. Westwood Unidos organized local community members, like Fany Mendez, to teach fitness classes in their spare time wherever they could, such as schools, churches, and even … Read morePosted on .
Active Living Research (ALR) translated their popular The Role of Transportation in Promoting Physical Activity infographic into Spanish. This infographic highlights evidence that sidewalks, connected bike facilities, public transportation, and traffic calming are successful strategies that support active modes of transportation, Findings presented in this infographic come from a related ALR research review about how policies can encourage walking and … Read morePosted on .
In 2013, Roger Bennett of Men in Blazers and Greg Kaplan, a University of Chicago economics professor, looked at the effects of the pay-to-play system on American soccer by looking at socio-economic data of pro basketball, football, and soccer players from 1993 to 2013. They found the soccer players came from communities that had higher incomes, education, and … Read morePosted on .
A Summer 3 on 3 Throwdown basketball tournament, hosted byThe Dignowity Hill Neighborhood Association in Eastside San Antonio, TX is one of many initiatives to revitalize a neglected neighborhood. In addition to the physical activity itself, the goal of the tournament is to get kids off the street and bring the community together. It is a precursor to a Midnight … Read morePosted on .
Speeding is the number one cause of traffic fatalities in New York. The most common cause of death for kids in New York City, outside of illnesses, is traffic crashes. “Right now we only have 140 speed cameras to protect 1.1 million public school students, and those cameras only work 60 hours a week – … Read morePosted on .
Researchers at the newly created Women’s Cardiovascular Research Center at the University of California San Diego and San Diego State University have started a four-year, $3.7 million study to look at the link between sedentary habits and cardiovascular health among Hispanic and Latino women over 55. The study is funded by the American Heart Association’s Go … Read morePosted on .