2014 - Fact Sheet, Research

Shared Use: Increasing Access to Physical Activity Opportunities

Childhood obesity has more than tripled in children and adolescents in the past 30 years. 

Low-income communities and communities of color tend to be adversely affected by obesity and have fewer adequate places for children and families to be physically active. In many communities, schools are centrally located and have gymnasiums, playgrounds, athletic fields, courts, tracks and other recreational facilities that could allow residents to be more physically active if they were available outside of school hours for community use.

Authored by: 
Safe Routes to School National Partnership