This webinar by PreventObesity.net introduces the concepts of shared use and offers a pratical gude to implementing shared use agreements.
One of the biggest obstacles many communities face in encouraging children and their families to be physically active is a lack of accessible open spaces and athletic facilities.
But addressing the issue won't necessarily require building parks or fitness centers. It could be as simple as unlocking a gate.
Most local schools have playgrounds, gyms, fields, basketball courts and open space, but school officials often close these facilities after school because of legitimate concerns over cost, vandalism, security and liability in case of injury.
It means kids have a harder time being active after school — but there is a solution. Many schools and local governments have partnered to create shared-use agreements that allow school playgrounds and gyms to be used after-school to support physical activity among all community members.