Sign On to Safe Places to Play and Be Active

For Your Endorsement: Safe Places to Play and Be Active

All communities should have access to safe places to play and be physically active. The evidence is clear: regular physical activity is critical for healthy mental and physical development, chronic disease prevention, and reducing healthcare costs. Our ability to be active is determined, in large part, by the places in which we live, learn, work, and play. In both rural and urban areas, essential ingredients for physical activity include: safe, well-maintained paths and sidewalks; clean, well-lit parks; accessible school playgrounds; affordable public transit; quality physical education and places to which people can safely walk, roll, and bike.

“Safe Places to Play and Be Active”, a declaration to demonstrate a shared vision for equal and accessible physical activity opportunities for all, provides recommendations across sectors to improve activity environments and provide safe places to play for California communities. To endorse as an individual or organization, click here.

Safe Places to Play and Be Active: Webinar Series

All communities deserve safe places to play and be active. Public health departments, community-based organizations, youth groups, and school districts across California are leading the way in creating safe and accessible physical activity opportunities. Join us for the a three-part webinar series to learn how advocates are transforming neighborhoods into safe and healthy communities by increasing access to parks and open space as well as investing in physical activity infrastructure like sidewalks, bike lanes, and crosswalks.

Co-hosted by Latino Health Access and Strategic Alliance.

Part 1: Enhancing Physical Activity Environments through Data and Walkability Assessments

Featuring: Latino Health Access, Orange County Health Care Agency, and Safe Routes to School National Partnership

Please click here to download the presentation.

Part 2: The Role of Community Engagement in Creating Safe Places to Play

Featuring: Strategic Alliance for Healthy Food and Activity Environments and Latino Health Access

Date: Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Time: 10:30 AM – 12:00 PM

Join the dialogue about the importance of community engagement to improve the places where people live, work, learn and play. Register TODAY!

Community engagement enlists the perspectives, talents, and skills of community residents to create safer, healthier and more equitable communities. Meaningful community engagement presents a real opportunity for planners, developers and public health professionals to create vibrant neighborhoods; improve access to healthy food and safe places for physical activity; increase neighborhood safety; and foster sustainable and genuine leadership. Learn more about “Community Engagement in Design and Planning” in the new book Making Healthy Places: Designing and Building for Health, Well-being and Sustainability.

Also, stay tuned for the exact dates and registration details of the last webinar!

Part 3: Increasing Equitable Opportunities for Physical Activity through Joint Use

Date: January 27th, 2012

Maximizing the use of existing community resources through the policy and practice of joint use is one of the main strategies that communities across the state are pursuing in their efforts to create safe places for play and activity. Community leaders- Martha Cortes from Los Angeles, Susan Elizabeth from Earlimart, and Mayra Mejia and Roxanna Owings from Santa Ana- and national experts- Robert Ogilvie of Public Health Law & Policy as well as Manal Aboelata of Prevention Institute- will share their stories, challenges and best practices in the area of joint use.

Click here for the PDF of the presentation and here for the archived recording (coming soon)

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