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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.

Download Our New 2016 Active Spaces Research Review, Issue Brief, and Infographics!

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Active Spaces: What‘s New?

See SA! Changes SA! Resources Salud Heroes in this topic.

SA! Change How I Walk: A Campaign to Rebrand the Word Walking

Latino health disability inclusive

United States

Walking is critical for accessibility. One-third of all American are not able to drive, either because they are too old, too young, too poor, or have some form of disability. People with disabilities are the only minority group you don’t have to be born into. Meaning, at any time, any one of us could become … Read more

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SA! Change San Antonio Schools Open Their Gyms For Summer Pilot Program

Latino Health Open Use Gym

San Antonio Independent School District, Texas

Twelve middle schools in the San Antonio Independent School District are opening the doors to their gym four days a week as a pilot program to help keep students active over the summer. Creating opportunities for kid’s to remain active over the summer is critical to build a culture of health and reduce their risk … Read more

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SA! Resource What is the Fittest City in America?

Where you live has an undeniable impact on your overall health. Lack of access to spaces for physical activity, healthy food choices, and health care options often plague those that live in low-income neighborhoods. This includes many Latino families. This confluence of conditions often lead to residents becoming overweight and/or obese and suffering from diabetes, … Read more

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SA! Change Detroit Partnership Combines Literacy & Swimming for Kids

Latino Health Swimming Pools

Detroit, Michigan

Since 2010, Detroit Swims has taught more than 5800 kids how to swim and aims to teach all kids in the Metro Detroit. Swimming is excellent for mental and physical health, as well as academic achievement, but of f the 120,000 children in the city, it’s estimated 100,000 of them can’t swim, according to one source. … Read more

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SA! Resource NRPA/Disney Play Spaces Grant Application

Latino Health physical activity

Thanks to a grant from Disney, the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) is expanding the Meet Me at the Park program and providing additional communities with increased access to play spaces in local parks.  Meet Me at the Park brings the magic of parks and recreation to children and families across the United States. Applicants must: Be … Read more

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SA! Resource VIDEO: A Tale of Two Zip Codes

Latino health zip matters physical activity equity inequity inequality

“When it comes to predicting how long you will live, your zip code is more important than your genetic code,” George Takei narrates in A Tale of Two Zip Codes, an animated short film by the California Endowment’s 10-year Building Healthy Communities initiative. Where you live determines your opportunities, thus your health and life expectancy. Consider … Read more

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SA! Resource 500 Cities Project: Local Data for Better Health

Latino health zip matters physical activity diabetes

In December 2016, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and the CDC Foundation released the 500 Cities dataset, which contains estimates of adult chronic disease, unhealthy behaviors, and preventive care for census tracts in 500 of the largest American cities. After a day-long conference in December, 2016, to … Read more

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SA! Resource Video: Different Approach to Traffic Safety

Latino Health Pedestrian Traffic Safety Vision Zero

How many people do you think are killed or severely injured in traffic crashes each year? What do you think is a good goal for your state? What should the goal be your your family? Should that be the goal for everyone? Oregon’s regional Metropolitan Planning Organization, Metro, asked residents these questions at the KidFest! Family … Read more

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SA! Resource New Toolkit Looks to Help Create Rural Affordable Housing Opportunities

Lack of affordable housing has strong implications for many Latinos and greatly impacts their quality of life. Many Latinos live in racially segregated, low-income, high-poverty areas with limited access to fresh, healthy foods, quality healthcare, and physical activity spaces. Also, many areas restrict Latinos access to opportunities impacting their choice of school or their children … Read more

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SA! Change 2 New Partners in Safety: Safe Routes to School and Vision Zero

Latino health physical activity traffic safety walkability vision zero

United States

Although walking has numerous mental and physical benefits-and is fun-many people avoid walking if the streets aren’t safe, which limits their mobility and access to basic necessities like schools, work, grocery stores, parks, healthcare, and other cultural and historical community resources. When it comes to safe streets, the U.S. lags far behind other countries.  Given … Read more

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Salud America! is a national online network of researchers, community group leaders, decision-makers, and members of the public working together to support healthy policy and environmental changes that can help reverse obesity among Latino children.

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