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Please send your recommended additions to SCORP@parks.ca.gov with the following:

  • A brief summary about the key findings, why you recommend this item, and the library category(ies) the item would best fit.
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Library

Title Summary
Childhood obesity and proximity to urban parks and recreational resources: A longitudinal cohort study

The purpose of the research was to determine how proximity to parks and recreational resources affects the development of childhood obesity.

Healthy Parks, Healthy People, San Francisco

This article discusses how being outdoors, especially in natural settings, has a variety of health benefits. The article also asserts that public parks offer free or low cost access to open natural spaces, playgrounds, and recreational programming that encourage physical activity and overall enjoyment.

This article also discusses Environmental Benefits, Social and Cultural Benefits, and Park Access in California.

Let’s Go to the Park Today: The Role of Parks in Obesity Prevention and Improving the Public’s Health

This article discusses some of the obesity related benefits of parks across local, state, and national park systems. Specific topics are highlighted as examples of how the commitment by park agencies benefits the public’s health and plays a role in obesity and chronic disease prevention.

This article also discusses Social and Cultural Benefits, and Park Access in California.

The Health Benefits of Small Parks and Green Spaces

This article discusses the important role that small parks and nature spaces can provide for health.

This article also discusses Environmental Benefits and Social and Cultural Benefits.

Effectiveness of a Free Exercise Program in a Neighborhood Park

This article was recommended by Dr. Steven Loy, Department of Kinesiology, California State University, Northridge

Quantifying the Contribution of Public Parks to Physical Activity and Health

This article was recommended by Dr. Steven Loy, Department of Kinesiology, California State University, Northridge