We believe that all youth deserve to live a long healthy life. But the fact is that some face barriers which affects their ability to achieve this goal. Healthy living begins in the environments where we spend the majority of our time. The mission of Inglewood Active Communities is to address some of these barriers by focusing on helping improve youth physical activity throughout the City of Inglewood!
County statistics show that more than a quarter – or 26.8 percent – of the children in Inglewood are obese. Physical activity is one of the most important things a person can do to help prevent obesity and lower their risk for cardiovascular diseases and other chronic conditions.
In a poll of 302 Inglewood residents commissioned by the American Heart Association, over half of the participants (55 percent) felt there were not enough opportunities for young people to be physically active, citing safety concerns and poor maintenance of sidewalks and public facilities as major obstacles to exercising or taking active modes of transportation, such as walking and bicycling.
In the same poll, 91 percent of the respondents said they would be interested in using public spaces for physical activity if they were safer, properly maintained and accessible.
“Unfortunately, many people in our community live in environments that do not support active lifestyles. Inglewood has under an acre of recreation space per 1,000 people, compared to eight acres in LA County and 53 acres in the best-performing city,” says Bryce Fluellen, Community Impact Director. “If we alleviate some of the socioeconomic and environmental barriers and increase access to safe places to play, we can give kids in Inglewood a fighting chance to live healthier lives as adults.”
"Having done this work in Inglewood for the past 10 years with community members, the Social Justice Learning Institute believes that access to healthy food, healthcare, living in a clean environment and of course easy access to physical activity should be a right for all people. We're committed to working with community partners to make that happen," said Derek Steele, Health Equity Programs Director, Social Justice Learning Institute.
“Strengthening The Empowerment Process (STEP) Foundation was designed to provide community youth with opportunities that they may not otherwise receive. Developing healthy lifestyles is essential in empowering kids. Body image, self-confidence, and emotional health are directly impacted by physical activity. As we work to develop scholarly community leaders, fitness will remain an essential part,” said Travis Fenderson, co-founder, STEP Foundation.
We are currently providing FitnessGram support for 5th graders at the following IUSD schools: Hudnall, Bennett-Kew, Beulah-Payne & Woodworth-Monroe Elementary. Each week professional trainers lead the students through 45 minute sessions of fun and engaging activities that focus on the following core areas: Aerobic capacity, flexibility, muscle strength and endurance.
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