Bridging Research and Policy to Address Childhood Obesity Among Border Hispanics

Research data presented at public meetings help policy-makers better understand issues related to childhood obesity.

Most Mexican-American children (ages 6–11) do not get the recommended 60 minutes of physical activity a day. Part of the reason is that low-income and ethnic minority neighborhoods offer few opportunities for walking, sports, and play.

Researchers gave 10-minute oral presentations at public meetings in Hidalgo County, Texas, to present information on how neighborhood characteristics hinder children’s ability to be physically active. In response to a questionnaire, stakeholders at the meeting agreed they could promote healthy lifestyle through education; some were already engaged in modifying physical infrastructure (sidewalks, parks, lighting) to promote activity.