Parks and recreation facilities provide many opportunities for physical activity and can help people of all ages lead a more active lifestyle. People who live near parks are more likely to be active, and this is especially true when parks have features such as trails, playgrounds and sport facilities. People are also more likely to visit and be active in parks that are safe and well-maintained. Making recreational facilities more accessible in all communities is a critical strategy for increasing physical activity and preventing obesity among children and families.
This PowerPoint slide set contains charts, graphs, and other figures showing key research findings on parks, recreation facilities, trails, playgrounds, and open space. There are also some figures showing that populations at high risk for obesity, including people who live in lower-income communities and communities of color, tend to have less access to quality parks and recreation facilities.
You are free to use these slides in your own presentations. These slides are updated periodically so be sure to check back for new information. Contact ALR with questions.