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Have you and your kids ever wanted to go play, but didn’t have anywhere safe to go?
Many Latino families live near schools that lock gyms, courts, pools, fields, and playgrounds before and after class—meaning kids miss the physical, emotional, and social benefits of physical activity and play.
In a show of support for play, Salud America! and SaludToday invite you to snap a photo of a playground, field, pool, or other community rec facility that isn’t open outside of school time.
It’s an easy way to show your support for kids and families who don’t have access to safe places to play.
Children living in poverty and disadvantaged neighborhoods face social and economic barriers to healthy lifestyles, creating adversity from the start. These kids are prone to chronic stress, which derails healthy brain development, and at increased risk for depression, anxiety, diabetes, and cardiovascular disease.
Partners on this campaign include the Safe Routes to School National Partnership, Alliance for a Healthier Generation, and the Asian Pacific Islander American Health Forum.
The future of Latino and all children and their physical, mental, social, and emotional well-being depends on accessible opportunities for physical activity.
So snap of picture and share it with #ActiveSpaces on Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram!
And don’t forget to take our other actions:
- Download our free Salud America! toolkit that spells out four easy steps to ask your children’s school to develop an open use policy to share their rec facilities after class!
- Sign a letter to tell your state PTA to help schools share their rec facilities with the public!
Let’s get moving, kids!