On the move: Physical activity opportunities for kids show signs of improvement

Year after year, childhood obesity tops the list of health concerns adults have for the kids in their communities as measured by the annual National Poll on Children’s Health Top 10 report. But a new report from the University of Michigan National Voices Project has some good news concerning the obesity epidemic: adults who work with children think young kids have more opportunities to get physical activity than they did a year ago.

The National Voices Project is a five-year study of opportunities for children and teens funded by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation as part of the America Healing Initiative. In the National Voices Project, adults who work and volunteer with children are asked for their perspectives on children’s opportunities.

In 2012, 56 percent of these adults said the children in their communities had “lots of opportunity” to get physical activity. In 2013, that number rose to 61 percent. Perceptions that young children have more opportunity to get physical activity rose for children in each of the race/ethnic groups measured, but importantly, opportunities for children for all non-white race/ethnic groups were seen to be lower than opportunities for white children. Read the full report: Adults think kids have more chances to be active, even though childhood obesity is still a problem.

Infographic: Opportunities for young children to get physical activity: 2012 vs 2013
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What do you think?

Do children in your community have places to get physical activity? Has your community done anything to help create more opportunities? Share your experiences in the comments or on Facebook and Twitter!