What's behind the U.S. obesity trend? One factor appears
to be a general lack of access to parks, safe walking
areas, community centers and even aquatics facilities such
as yours. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
recently released the State Indicator Report on Physical
Activity 2010, which found that only 20 percent of
neighborhood blocks have parks within a half mile of their
boundaries. Only 17 percent have a fitness or recreation
center located in that proximity.
Additionally, only 50 percent of high-school kids
surveyed reported having convenient access to a park or
other facility geared toward physical activity.