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Active spaces needed to promote physical activity to children

Posted on Jun 28, 2013 by Maggie LaBarbera

It is important to increase active spaces for all children so they can enjoy active play throughout thier childhood.

A recent study found that in particular Latino children in underserved communities have less access to active play areas.  Since the Latino population is expected to comprise 35% of the population, it is so important that we address this problem.


Studies show that Latino neighborhoods have fewer recreation facilities and parks than White neighborhoods. In one study, 81 percent of Latino neighborhoods did not have a recreational facility, compared with 38 percent of White neighborhoods. 

In a national survey, fewer Latino (70%) than White (82.5%) respondents described their neighborhoods as having safe places for children to play. *






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