How do we get kids moving more? Being physically active every day has so many benefits for kids of all ages and in all communities.
One of the primary influences on childhood obesity is the built environment, which loosely defined encompasses all man-made structures, spaces, and conditions. This could include roads, schools, neighborhoods, town centers, parks, and even air pollution. The built environment’s relationship to childhood obesity is important not only because it affects access to healthy food, but it also impacts the options children have to be physically active.
Being physically active every day has so many benefits for kids of all ages and in all communities. It can reduce stress, improve mental well-being, and promote healthy weight in children and youth. However, there are many obstacles that prevent or discourage kids, especially those who reside in low-income communities, to lead an active lifestyle. Limited access to recreational facilities and parks, poor quality of public transportation, and unsafe neighborhoods have all contributed to kids leading a sedentary lifestyle.
We ask that you join the #GetKidsActive conversation on social media and share with us your ideas on how we can support communities in making physical activity an everyday occurrence for all children and youth regardless of their zip code.
Follow us on Instagram, Facebook or Twitter us at @NAACP and post using the hashtag #GetKidsActive telling us your thoughts on how we can encourage more physical activity for all youth and children.