Park and Rec Access Improves Children Health
Obesity is a serious and worsening public health problem. An eight-year longitudinal study of 3,173 children from 12 communities in Southern California suggests that if all children have access to parkland and recreation programs near their homes, over 9.5% of boys and 8.3% of girls would move from being overweight to being normal weight, and 2.6% of boys and 2.1% of girls would move from being obese to being merely overweight.
The occurrence of overweight risk and high body mass index (BMI) status in youth age 2–19 years increased to approximately 32% by 2003–2006, up from approximately 15% in the 1970’s
National Center for Biotechnology Information - https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4380517/
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