Green Places, Play Spaces, Income, and Race: How Parks and Recreation Can Support Physical Activity among Diverse and Underserved Populations

 Please join us for this interactive Web Forum

 Wednesday, January 18

11:30 AM to 1:00 PM Pacific Standard Time


Parks and playgrounds are important assets in promoting active living and overall health across broad segments of the population, yet not all communities have adequate access to such resources. Research shows that having a large number of parks nearby increases the likelihood of being physically active; and parks that include certain active recreation features such as trails, playgrounds and sport facilities may stimulate higher levels of park-based physical activity. But communities with higher poverty rates and communities with higher percentages of African Americans are significantly less likely to have parks and green spaces nearby. The research also suggests that parks and recreation may be more important in promoting physical activity among lower-income youth than among youth who come from more affluent neighborhoods. Therefore, it is critical that policy makers and advocates ensure that underserved communities have adequate access to parks and recreation resources.


Join us for an unprecedented Web Forum co-sponsored by Active Living Research, a national program of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. National leaders will summarize the science behind the role that parks and recreation play in supporting physical activity, share examples of park-based interventions designed to get people more active, and discuss why increasing access to parks and recreation resources is a matter of social justice.

Sponsored by Active Living Research and the Public Health Institute




Deborah Cohen, MD, MPH

Senior Natural Scientist

RAND Corporation


Robert García

Founding Director and Counsel

The City Project


Andrew Mowen, PhD

Associate Professor and Professor-in-Charge of Honors Programs

Department of Recreation, Park and Tourism Management

The College of Health and Human Development

The Pennsylvania State University




Deborah Lou, PhD
Program Analyst
Active Living Research

A National Program of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
University of California, San Diego




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