The Challenge: Latinos are at greater risk for obesity than other racial and ethnic groups, and Latina women in particular have a 30% higher chance of being overweight than non-Latina women.
Make an impact: Identifying and providing the types of park and recreational services and programs that Latinos prefer is important to increasing physical activity levels and fighting obesity.
What the findings are about: This study measured men's and women's physical activity at work, home and use of parks and recreational facilities, and examined whether men and women had different perceptions, behaviors, and preferences related to physical activity and parks and recreation services.
Key Findings and Recommendations:
During each visit to a park, men stayed an average of 21 minutes longer than women: a difference of nearly 30 percent.
In parks, women were more likely to walk, jog, and take children to the playground, while men were more likely to play sports.
Parks and recreation departments can target Latinos with gender-specific and culturally relevant activities, services, and other resources.
Casper, J.M., et al. (2013). Gender Differences in Self-Report Physical Activity and Park and Recreation Facility Use among Latinos in Wake County, North Carolina. Annals of Behavioral Medicine, 45(1Suppl): S49-S54.