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Youth show us why we need joint use

The more active children are, the healthier they will be now and when they grow up. Yet certain places make physical activity harder instead of easier. That’s what research shows and that’s what kids themselves are saying.

Organizations across California — Prevention Institute and Healthy Eating Active Communities, to name a few — are providing kids with cameras so they can show us how they see the problem. Children and teens then take pictures of places in their communities that make it harder to be healthy and active. The youth explain what they see in the photos and what can be done about it.

The kids’ photos and comments, featured above, are part of a health promotion strategy called PhotoVoice, which is being used to start conversations among community stakeholders and policy makers about creating safer, healthier places for children to play.

More photos coming soon! If your organization is doing a PhotoVoice project that illustrates the need for joint use, let us know by emailing

For more information on PhotoVoice, contact Lorena Ramos, Community Health Specialist, Central California Regional Obesity Prevention Program (CCROPP), at 559-228-2147 or; or Sana Chehimi, MPH, Program Manager, Prevention Institute, at 510-444-7738 or

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