Research: Latino kids lack access to safe ‘active spaces’
Contact: Elizabeth Allen, 210-450-2020
SAN ANTONIO, Texas (July 3, 2013) — Latino kids often have limited access to safe gyms, fields and playgrounds, but shared-use agreements and street-level improvements can improve access to these “active spaces” in underserved communities.
Improving young Latinos' health
Having safe places to play and exercise may help young Latinos become more physically active and maintain a healthy weight, according to a new package of research materials from Salud America! The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) Research Network to Prevent Obesity Among Latino Children.
The new Salud America! “Active Spaces for Latino Kids” research materials start off with an in-depth review of the latest science on the U.S. Latino physical activity environment and policy implications based on that research.
The full package of materials also includes an original animated video and infographic.
Lack of safe places to play
A study shows that 81 percent of Latino neighborhoods did not have a recreational facility, compared with 38 percent of white neighborhoods. Fewer schools provided public access to their physical activity facilities in 2006 (29 percent) than did in 2000 (35 percent).
Shared-use agreements — formal contracts between entities that outline terms for sharing public spaces for physical activity — have increased access to active spaces in Latino communities.
“Shared use agreements can help open school spaces to the public by protecting against liability and promoting shared costs and staffing,” said Amelie G. Ramirez, Dr.P.H., director of Salud America!, based at the Institute for Health Promotion Research at the UT Health Science Center at San Antonio. Salud America! is a national network of stakeholders seeking environmental and policy solutions to Latino obesity.
Safe routes to active spaces
Other ways to increase use of active spaces include:
The new research package is the third of six new research material packages to be released this summer by Salud America!, each of which focuses on a specific topic on Latino childhood obesity. They include:
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