262284 Joint use: Creating opportunities for physical activity in Los Angeles County communities

Monday, October 29, 2012 : 10:30 AM - 10:50 AM

Mariah Lafleur, MPH , Samuels & Associates, Oakland, CA
Liz Schwarte, MPH , Samuels & Associates, Oakland, CA
Rajni Banthia, PhD , Samuels & Associates, Oakland, CA
Sally Bullock, MPH , Gillings School of Global Public Health, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, NC
Lisa Craypo, MPH, RD , Samuels & Associates, Oakland, CA
Sarah Samuels, DrPH , Samuels & Associates, Oakland, CA
Tony Kuo, MD, MSHS , County of Los Angeles, Department of Public Health, Office of Senior Health, Los Angeles, CA
Eloisa Gonzalez, MD, MPH , Los Angeles County Department of Public Health, Physical Activity and Cardiovascular Health Program, Los Angeles, CA
Mikaela Randolph, MPP , RENEW L.A. County, Los Angeles County Dept. of Public Health, Los Angeles, CA
Background/Introduction: In low income communities, safe physical activity environments are often limited or non-existent. Having access to safe places to be physically active on school grounds and in neighborhood parks makes it easier for community members to be active.

With support from the CDC's Communities Putting Prevention to Work (CPPW) initiative, the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health launched RENEW LA in 2010 to prevent chronic disease, improve nutrition and increase physical activity through policy and environmental changes. RENEW LA's Joint Use Moving People to Play (JUMPP) Taskforce is working to increase recreational space, facilities and programming for community members through school district joint use policies and school site joint use agreements in seven Los Angeles County school districts.

Methods: The evaluators assessed the outcomes of RENEW LA's intervention to adopt and implement joint use agreements on physical activity for students and families. The evaluators collected observational data on the number, basic demographics, and physical activity levels (sedentary, walking or vigorous) of community members in the physical activity spaces opened to the community through the joint use agreement and provided contextual information on the setting in which the physical activity occurred.

Results: Findings from the evaluation demonstrate that community members are utilizing school grounds for physical activity following implementation of joint use agreements. Programming influenced physical activity levels.

Conclusions/Discussion: Joint use of school grounds is a promising strategy for increasing community access to physical activity, particularly in low-income communities bereft of such opportunities.

Learning Areas:
Conduct evaluation related to programs, research, and other areas of practice
Public health or related public policy
Public health or related research

Learning Objectives:
1. Describe joint use evaluation methods 2. Describe how joint use policies and agreements change community access to physical activity spaces on or near school grounds 3. Discuss the physical activity levels of community members who are using the physical activity spaces made accessible through joint use agreements

Keywords: Policy/Policy Development, Physical Activity

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I have led projects working on obesity prevention through physical activity and healthy eating promotion.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.