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dc.contributor.authorHannon, Cynthia
dc.contributor.authorCradock, Angie Lynn
dc.contributor.authorGortmaker, Steven L.
dc.contributor.authorWiecha, Jean
dc.contributor.authorEl Ayadi, Alison Marie
dc.contributor.authorKeefe, Linda
dc.contributor.authorHarris, Alfreda
dc.date.accessioned2010-11-12T15:34:37Z
dc.date.issued2006
dc.identifier.citationHannon, Cynthia, Angie Cradock, Steven L. Gortmaker, Jean Wiecha, Alison El Ayadi, Linda Keefe, and Alfreda Harris. 2006. Play Across Boston: A community initiative to reduce disparities in access to after-school physical activity programs for inner-city youths. Preventing Chronic Disease 3(3).en_US
dc.identifier.issn1545-1151en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://nrs.harvard.edu/urn-3:HUL.InstRepos:4553344
dc.description.abstractBackground: In 1999, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) funded Play Across Boston to address disparities in access to physical activity facilities and programs for Boston, Mass, inner-city youths. Context: Local stakeholders worked with the Harvard School of Public Health Prevention Research Center and Northeastern University's Center for the Study of Sport in Society to improve opportunities for youth physical activity through censuses of facilities and programs and dissemination of results. Methods: Play Across Boston staff conducted a facility census among 230 public recreational complexes and a program census of 86% of 274 physical activity programs for Boston inner-city youths aged 5 to 18 years during nonschool hours for the 1999 to 2000 school year and summer of 2000. Comparison data were collected from three suburban communities: one low income, one medium income, and one high income. Consequences: Although Boston has a substantial sports and recreational infrastructure, the ratio of youths to facilities in inner-city Boston was twice the ratio found in the medium- and high-income suburban comparison communities. The low-income suburban comparison community had the highest number of youths per recreational facility with 137 youths per facility, followed by Boston with 117 youths per facility. The ratio of youths to facilities differed among Boston neighborhoods. Boston youths participated less in school-year physical activities than youths in medium- and high-income communities, and less advantaged Boston neighborhoods had lower levels of participation than more advantaged Boston neighborhoods. Girls participated less than boys. Interpretation: Play Across Boston successfully developed and implemented a rigorous needs assessment with local relevance and important implications for public health research on physical activity and the environment. Boston Mayor Thomas M. Menino called the Play Across Boston report a "playbook" for future sports and recreation planning by the city of Boston and its community partners.en_US
dc.language.isoen_USen_US
dc.publisherCenters for Disease Control and Preventionen_US
dc.relation.isversionofhttp://www.cdc.gov/ pcd/issues/2006/jul/05_0125.htmen_US
dc.relation.hasversionhttp://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1656860/pdf/en_US
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dc.titlePlay Across Boston: A Community Initiative to Reduce Disparities in Access to After-School Physical Activity Programs for Inner-City Youthsen_US
dc.typeJournal Articleen_US
dc.description.versionVersion of Recorden_US
dc.relation.journalPreventing Chronic Diseaseen_US
dash.depositing.authorCradock, Angie Lynn
dc.date.available2010-11-12T15:34:37Z
dash.affiliation.otherSPH^Society Human Development and Healthen_US
dash.affiliation.otherSPH^Society Human Development and Healthen_US
dash.affiliation.otherSPH^Society Human Development and Healthen_US
dash.affiliation.otherSPH^Nutritionen_US
dash.contributor.affiliatedCradock, Angie
dash.contributor.affiliatedEl Ayadi, Alison Marie
dash.contributor.affiliatedGortmaker, Steven


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