Webinar: research linking parks and recreation to physical activity and reduced obesity

Jennifer Wolch, Michael Jerrett, and Robert Garcia: Green Visions Webinar

Date: Tuesday, April 24, 2012 (11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.)
Location: Online
Contact Info:
Maureen Jerrett

The Green Visions Webinar is sponsored by the College of Environmental Design and the School of Public Health at UC Berkeley.

To register, visit:
http://berkeley.us4.list-manage.com/subscribe?u=05f5b60cb1498d646d2bc09a4&id=6784dc1489

Our presenters — Jennifer Wolch and Michael Jerrett from UC Berkeley and Robert Garcia from The City Project — will introduce exciting new research linking parks and recreation to physical activity and reduced obesity.

First, we will explore how parks are unequally distributed throughout Southern California and how many areas lack park access. Next, we’ll look at the important role recreational programming can play in preventing childhood obesity. We’ll also examine how some communities lack the resources necessary to supply quality parks and recreation, and we’ll discuss some possible solutions that will help you promote active living in your community.

Finally, we’ll introduce a new website designed to give you and your constituents access to all the parks and recreation available in your neighborhood — and how to travel to the parks using routes of low traffic and pollution.

Presenter Bios:

Jennifer Wolch
Dean, College of Environmental Design; William W. Wurster Professor of City and Regional Planning, UC Berkeley
http://www.ced.berkeley.edu/ced/people/query.php?id=458&dept=all&title=all&first=Jennifer&last=Wolch&ced&berkeley

Michael Jerrett
Associate Professor, School of Public Health, UC Berkeley
http://ehs.sph.berkeley.edu/people/jerrett.htm

Robert Garcia
Founding Director and Counsel, The City Project
http://www.cityprojectca.org/about/bio-rgarcia.html

Policy Briefs:

Parks and Recreation Programs Help to Reduce Childhood Obesity
http://activelivingresearch.org/files/PolicyBrief_ParkProximity.pdf

Funding Disparities for Local Parks and Recreation Resources in the Los Angeles Region
http://activelivingresearch.org/files/PolicyBrief_ParkFundingDisparities.pdf

Recreational Resources Promote Active Living
http://activelivingresearch.org/files/PolicyBrief_ParkFundingDisparities.pdf

Disparities in Park Space by Race and Income
http://activelivingresearch.org/files/PolicyBrief_ParkDisparities.pdf

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