Children Living Near Green Spaces Are More Active

In this study of children aged 8-10, for every additional park located within a half-mile of their home, girls are twice as likely to walk to school.

  • Boys are 60 percent more likely to walk in leisure time when a park is located within a half-mile of their home.
  • This study supports a statement from the American Heart Association made in June of 2008 stating, “walkable” neighborhoods, with adequate sidewalks and areas for physical activity, can play an important role in combating the rise in obesity rates by making it easier to get daily exercise.

Lamber, Marie, Kestens, Yan, Gauvin, Lise, Van Hulst, Andraea and Danie, Mark. “Children Living Near Green Spaces are More Active.” American Heart Association, 2009.

filed under