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Policy Corner: Built Environment Policies to Help Curb Increases in Childhood Obesity and Inactivity

One out of every three children in the United States is classified as overweight or obese, and physical inactivity is one of the leading causes. There are a number of factors that affect a child’s activity level – one being their environment and physical surroundings.

The term “built environment” describes physical or man-made features that provide opportunities for physical activity, such as sidewalks, bicycle trails, streetlights and parks. Through proper use of the built environment, neighborhoods and communities can provide opportunities for recreational physical activity. Plus, children can engage in physical activity as a part of their daily lives, such as traveling to school or playing in local parks. more


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