09 Oct '11, 3pm

'Fitness Deserts' a Threat to Health in Many Cities

In many neighborhoods of Los Angeles , Alex Schmidt reports for GOOD , people have to dodge fast-moving cars to get from one pedestrian-friendly stretch to another; some even resort to jogging on the road medians due to the lack of parks -- an issue in 80 percent of all census blocks in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Green Space Concentrated In Rich Neighborhoods The problem is particularly acute in poor neighborhoods, where gyms , if available, are out of reach financially for many residents, Schmidt writes, citing figures showing more than 50 times as much recreation or green space per capita in wealthy parts of L.A. than low-income ones: Like food deserts -- areas where residents don't have reliable access to fresh food -- fitness deserts pose health challenges to millions of Americans, mostly low-income ones.... Studies ...

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