Children who live in predominantly minority neighborhoods with high rates of poverty, crime, and unemployment are less likely to have access to safe, clean, and sustainable places to be active and interact with their community.
Decreased access to opportunities for play creates environments where chronic diseases like obesity, heart disease, and hypertension are much more likely to be present in children. As identified by Active Living Research in their infographic, “Do All Kids Have Safe Places to Be Active?,” some of the barriers to physical activity that children face in these neighborhoods include, “a lack of recreational facilities, broken or uneven sidewalks, inadequate time for recess, and higher rates of automobile crashes and crime.”
All of these barriers to health can be combatted with, “better policies, infrastructure improvements, and planning that can make neighborhoods safer, cleaner, and better designed for walking, biking, and playing.”
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