Using Evidence to Prevent Childhood Obesity and Create Active Communities

Increasing physical activity is a powerful way to prevent obesity and promote health among children and adults. Across the country, practitioners, advocates and policy-makers are coming together to create healthier communities that support active lifestyles.

Children and families are more active when they live in neighborhoods that have sidewalks, parks, bicycle lanes and safe streets. Schools also can help residents of all ages be more active by providing students with quality recess, physical education and after-school programs, and by sharing their facilities with the community outside of school hours.

Active Living Research examines the policies and conditions that impact people’s ability to be active where they live, learn, work and play. Our research provides guidance to decision-makers at all levels about the most effective strategies for increasing physical activity, as well as the areas where more progress is needed.