Magazine article Parks & Recreation

Measures of Play

Magazine article Parks & Recreation

Measures of Play

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1 in 5: Children in the U.S. who live within walking distance of a park or playground (Centers for Disease Control).

29: Percentage of increased incidence of childhood obesity in neighborhoods without a park or playground (Singh).

5x: Likelihood of a child being a healthy weight if there is a park or playground within a half mile, compared to children without a nearby playspace (Singh).

60: Minutes of daily physical activity recommended by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services for young people aged 6-17.

29: Percentage of high-school students who engaged in 60 or more minutes of physical activity seven days prior to being surveyed (CDC).

7.5: Hours a day the average child aged 8 to 18 spends on entertainment media. Due to media multitasking and using multiple forms of media simultaneously, children actually pack in nearly 11 hours of media use daily (Kaiser Family Foundation).

7: Percentage of U. …

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