Do All Children Have Places to be Active?

Research shows that lower-income and racial and ethnic minority people tend to live in neighborhoods with fewer and poorer quality sidewalks, fewer parks and open spaces, and more crime, social disorder and traffic. These environmental and social factors are partially responsible for the low rates of physical activity and higher rates of obesity among lower-income communities and communities of color. Policy-makers, advocates and practitioners must pursue strategies that improve walkability; increase access to parks, green space and recreational facilities; and improve neighborhood safety.