Grantee Research

Exposure to Recreation Center Increases Use by Latino Families

Dr. Shari Barkin, Vanderbilt University Medical Center

“Increasing Access to Physical Activity and Use of Community Recreation Centers by Latino Families to Reduce Pediatric Obesity”

This Salud America! pilot research project assessed how exposure to a community recreation center affects whether or not Latino families with young children use the center for physical activity. The assessment was conducted one year after the families participated in a culturally-relevant healthy-lifestyles program conducted at the recreation center. Our study population consisted of 132 parents self-identified as Latino, paired with their child who was 3 to 5 years old. Sixty-six of the pairs received a 12-week parent-child intervention that included access to physical activity resources via center memberships for the whole family (exposed group). The other pairs were matched to the exposed group’s residential zip code and child’s age, but were not made aware of center programming, nor given any information regarding physical activity opportunities offered through the center (unexposed group).

Research Category: Latino Families