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Physical Activity

Physical inactivity plays a major role in a host of chronic diseases and health-threatening conditions, such as cancer, heart disease, diabetes and obesity. The Public Health Institute works to advance policy and environmental change so all communities have safe places to play and get active, through community-based solutions, youth and parent empowerment approaches, and a focus on scalable strategies that benefit primarily low-resource, high-need communities. PHI has partnered with more than 200 worksites to introduce physical activity education and positive environmental changes, with a focus on low-wages industries like agriculture, manufacturing, hospitality and retail.  Our experts have led and supported advocacy campaigns to pass groundbreaking physical activity legislation, including changing school-based policies, advancing active transportation measures, and creating local parks and green spaces.

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  • 250K people living in more walkable and bikeable communities
  • 23K Latinos in rural towns have increased their physical activity
  • 5K more California kids were able to walk and bike to school safely

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