Fast Facts


  • The percentage of adults who get enough physical activity is 15% higher in neighborhoods that have sidewalks than it is in those that don't. Source
  • Teens are 50% less likely to have a recreational facility near home if they live in a poor or mostly minority neighborhood. Source

Parks & Recreation

  • Parks with paved trails are 26 times more likely to be used for physical activity than those without. Source
  • Children who spent at least 20 minutes a day in greener areas got five times as much physical activity as children who did not. Source
  • 81% of mostly Hispanic neighborhoods in three states lacked parks, compared to 38% of mostly White neighborhoods. Source
  • Boys were 60 percent more likely to walk for leisure time for every additional park located within a half-mile of their home. Source


  • Teens who are active at school or play sports are 20% more likely to earn an “A” in math or English than sedentary teens. Source
  • Kids are very active for at least 50% of their recess period if the playground is painted with lines for recreation. Source
  • 28.8% of the Nation’s public and private schools allow the community to use their physical activity spaces and facilities outside of normal school hours. Source
  • Cognitive performance is better in girls whose walk to school lasts more than 15 minutes. Source


  • Walking to and from public transit satisfies the daily physical activity recommendation for 29% of transit users. Source
  • Investments in bicycling facilities will save Portland, OR up to $594M in health care costs by 2040. Source
  • Children who live near heavy traffic will have a 5% increase in BMI. Source
  • States spend just 1.6% of their federal transportation dollars on bicycling and walking. This amounts to just $2.17 per capita. Source

Walking and Biking to School

  • Cognitive performance is better in girls whose walk to school lasts more than 15 minutes. Source


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