The Challenge: African-American girls from lower-income families are especially at risk for obesity, and are more likely to be physically inactive compared with girls who are more affluent and White.
Make an impact: Where children live can either help or hinder their ability to be physically active.
What the findings are about: This study examined the relationship between perceptions of the environments surrounding schools and physical activity of African-American adolescent girls living in low-income, urban neighborhoods in Baltimore, MD.
Key Findings and Recommendations:
Built environments characterized by mixed-land use and a diverse number of destinations close enough to walk to are ones that encourage physical activity.
Girls who perceived environments surrounding schools negatively (i.e. not having many places to go within walking distance) were more physically active, suggesting that environments that deter other populations from being active may not necessarily deter children living in lower-income, urban areas from being active.