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Parks & Playgrounds

Parks and playgrounds play an important role in promoting physical activity and health.  Communities with more parks and more total park acreage have higher levels of physical activity.

  • 16166229 -IstockParks can shape active lifestyles across a variety of populations.
  • People who live closer to parks tend to be more physically active.
  • Park conditions, maintenance, policies and programs can influence park use and physical activity levels.
  • Within parks, people tend to be more physically active on trails, at playgrounds and at sports facilities.
  • Organized park programs and supervision may increase use of parks and playgrounds and may increase physical activity, particularly among youth.

Source: Active Living Research www.activelivingresearch.org

Ideas for Parents and Caregivers - a list of a variety of activities and events that encourage families to spend time outdoors. 

Click for information on playground safety.

It’s also important to remember sun safety when being active outdoors.

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