The ALR 2015 conference will be held February 22 - 25, 2015 at the Paradise Point Hotel in San Diego, CA.
The Challenge: Children who live in lower-income communities and communities of color are more likely to be overweight or obese than White children and children from more affluent backgrounds. They also are likelier to live in neighborhoods with barriers to physical activity such as lower-quality sidewalks, fewer parks and greater danger from crime and traffic. Regular physical activity can improve health and reduce the risk of obesity.
Make an impact: Walkable neighborhoods; safe, clean, and attractive environments; and access to parks and recreational resources can encourage physical activity among all groups, including those at high risk for obesity.
What the findings are about: This synthesis examines the growing body of evidence showing that racial and ethnic minority and lower-income communities often lack environments that support physical activity.
An abbreviated fact sheet is available that highlights the research synthesis' main findings.
Active Living Research translates and disseminates evidence to advocates, policy-makers and practitioners aimed at preventing childhood obesity and promoting active communities.