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Webinar: Youth Advocacy for Better and Equitable Physical Activity Environments
June 11 @ 2:00 pm - 3:15 pm EDT
The Youth Engagement and Action for Health (YEAH!) project works nationally with African American, American Indian, Latino, Asian, and Pacific Islander lower-income urban/rural middle schoolers to take an in-depth look at their neighborhood’s strengths and weaknesses that are most likely to affect physical activity. Using a group-based program curriculum that is designed to help youth advocate for policy/environmental changes that promote physical activity, youth collect information through small groups and are taught to set priorities for improvements around problems they identify.
YEAH! led to increases in the number of days youth spent being physically active and improved outcomes along with multiple attitudinal and health-related measures among low-income and diverse racial and ethnic minority youth living in different types of geographic locations. Youth also learn how to communicate with decision-makers and to advocate for the changes needed to advance the walkability, safety, and physical activity options in their communities. Additionally, this webinar will touch on the implications of this research for youth physical activity and remote engagement resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic.