Bad news: Latino kids and teens don’t get enough of physical activity, which is critical for a healthy weight and proper physical and mental growth and development.
Good news: You have an amazing opportunity to speak up for active youth!
Several national organizations are seeking public comments for the second edition of the Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans, which sets vital activity recommendations for those ages 6 and up.
Use this example comment:
Salud America! led a research review (http://www.communitycommons.org/groups/salud-america/big-bets/sa-active-spaces/) that found Latino children in underserved communities often have limited opportunities for physical activity. To be able to stay their healthiest, Latino children and their families need safe places to walk, roll, bike, swim, and play. Safe routes and shared or open use agreements are evidence-based strategies to improve pedestrian and bicyclist safety, as well as increase equitable access to playgrounds, pools, and sports fields in order to increase physical activity among the underserved. This can help Latino children and families access the physical, mental, social, and health benefits of play and contribute to a culture of health in the United States.
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