RAND Study Finds Neighborhood Parks Associated with More Physical Activity In Adolescent Girls

Washington, DC (January 6, 2007)- Adolescent girls who live within one-half mile of a public park are significantly more physically active than other girls, according to a RAND Corporation study issued today.

In the wake of growing national concern about increasing rates of obesity and health problems brought about by Americans’ diets and sedentary lifestyles, the study findings could have implications for both males and females in other age groups as well, said Deborah A. Cohen, a senior natural scientist at RAND and lead author of the study.
“Neighborhood and community parks are strongly associated with physical activity,” Cohen said. “If girls become more active when they live close to a public park, further research may show the same thing happening to others in a neighborhood. It could be that just having a park in the neighborhood creates a setting where physical activity is normal part of daily life.”
The RAND Health study appears in the November issue of the journal Pediatrics and is titled “Public Parks and Physical Activity Among Adolescent Girls.” RAND is a nonprofit research organization. RAND Health is the nation’s largest independent health policy research program, with a broad research portfolio that focuses on health care quality, costs and delivery, among other topics.
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