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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 Spaces: What‘s New?

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SA! Change Researchers Look into Sedentary Habits and Heart Disease Among Latino Women

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San Diego, California

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 more

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SA! Resource #TrailsMatter: Reframing Investment in Trails Beyond Recreational Benefits

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Local governments across the country are realizing the importance of a multimodal transportation network to not only reduce traffic congestion, but to increase road safety, drive economic development, and improve health. “While local officials have historically seen trail networks primarily as a means of recreation, people are increasingly using them as ways to get to work, school, … Read more

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SA! Change 6th Annual ‘Kids to Parks Day’

kids to parks day

United States

Nation Park Trust (NPT)-a 501(c)(3) nonprofit dedicated to the preservation and protection of our nation’s critical parks and public lands and the engagement of our youth, especially those who are under-served with nature-is hosting their 6th annual ‘Kids to Parks Day‘ on Saturday, May 21, 2016. The U.S. Senate passed a resolution in support of Kids … Read more

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SA! Resource Increased Physical Activity Associated with Lower Risk of 13 Types of Cancer


A new study by researchers at the National Cancer Institute (NCI), part of the National Institutes of Health, and the American Cancer Society shows that greater levels of leisure-time physical activity are associated with a lower risk of developing 13 different types of cancer. Leisure-time physical activity is separate from physical activity done at work or at … Read more

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SA! Resource Infographic: Los Programas De Rutas Escolares Seguras Si Funcionan


Active Living Research translated their popular Safe Routes to School Programs (SRTS) Work infographic into Spanish. This infographic features evidence on the success of programs to improve safety and increase the number of children walking and biking to and from school through educational efforts, encouragement programs, and road improvements at or near schools. Findings presented in this infographic … Read more

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SA! Change Be Better Campaign Launches!

Sacramento River Cats mascot, ready to play ball! (Photo Source: Champions for Change)

Sacramento, California

Research has indicated that having a normal weight reduces the risk of developing type 2 diabetes by 70 percent. The Be Better campaign from the California Champions for Change campaign is part of an ongoing effort to improve the health of families and communities in California, especially those that are at greater risk of obesity, … Read more

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SA! Change Cities Design Gender Into and Out of Public Spaces

Crosswalk symbol

United States

The public domain has been long dominated by men, while the private domain is left for women. (nowhere, except Target bathrooms, is inclusive of individuals who identify otherwise.) In 2004, Maya Barkai began collecting images of crosswalk light symbols from cities around the world, which turned into the project “Walking Men Worldwide.” Only about 10 … Read more

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SA! Resource Infographic: Tiempo Sedentario


Active Living Research translated their popular Youth Sedentary Time infographic into Spanish. This infographic features evidence on trends in sedentary behaviors among youth and their impact on obesity. Findings presented in this infographic come from a related ALR research review. Learn more about how sedentary behavior impacts obesity here. Copy and Share: Watching television & other screens (while … Read more

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SA! Change Kaboom Play Everywhere Challenge

United States

Starting May 3, 2016, Kaboom will award $1 million in prizes through their Play Everywhere Challenge, in collaboration with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Target, Playworld, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, and the National Endowment for the Arts. The Play Everywhere Challenge is a national competition for community-driven solutions that integrate play into … Read more

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SA! Resource Complete Parks Playbook in Spanish

Complete parks spanish

Latino communities often lack access to safe parks and green spaces, thus are less physically active and at increased risk for obesity, diabetes, heart disease, and other chronic diseases. ChangeLab Solutions now offers the Complete Parks Playbook in Spanish,  Los sistemas completos de parques, to help decision makers in Latino communities assess and improve their park … Read more

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SA! Change Minnesota Bill Proposes that the DOE Employs a Swimming and Water Safety Specialist

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On April 6, 2016, Minnesota Representative Karen Clark introduced HF 3830, and Minnesota Senator Patricia Torres Ray introduced companion bill SF 3472, directing the Department of Education to employ a swimming and water safety specialist and appropriate money. This comes after the Minnesota Department of Education report on swimming resources inventory. Section 1. SWIMMING AND … Read more

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SA! Change Bike Alliance of Minnesota Teaches Kids Walking and Biking Safety

Brookly Center


The Bike Club at Brooklyn Center Secondary in Minneapolis, Minnesota (10.5% Latino) started in the Summer of 2014 during LEAP Program and transitioned into a two day a week program during the following school year to fix brakes, replace rusty chains, and align frames, with funding from a 21st Century Community Learning Center grant and Hennepin County Statewide Health … Read more

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SA! Resource Quick Builds for Better Streets

Quick build

In April 2016, PeopleForBikes released a new report, Quick Builds for Better Streets, looking at lessons from quick-build protected bike lane projects in Seattle, New York, Chicago, Austin, Denver, Memphis, Pittsburgh and San Francisco. The quick-build trend grew out of small-scale tactical urbanism projects where activists would modify a street by painting their own bike lane or … Read more

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SA! Change ‘Pilot’ Bike Lane in Seattle Gets Permanent Upgrades

Seattle Second STreet pilot

Seattle, Washington

In September 2014, the Seattle Department of Transportation launched the Second Avenue protected bike lane pilot project. As a pilot project, a two-lane cycle track was constructed on the southbound side of Second Avenue with paint and plastic posts. The purpose of pilot bike lane projects, like this, are to design and implement demonstration projects that illustrate to the … Read more

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SA! Change National Physical Activity Plan Update

National Physical Activity Plan

United States

In 2010, through a process that engaged hundreds of professionals, researchers, and public and private organizations, the first U.S. National Physical Activity Plan (the Plan) was released. The Plan was a “living document” of a comprehensive set of policies, programs, and initiatives designed to increase physical activity in seven societal sectors: business and industry; community recreation, fitness … Read more

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