PlayCore Scholar Series
PlayCore’s vast scholar network contributes to a growing body of programs and guidebooks to help communities put research into practice. To further the sharing of their knowledge, we’re pleased to introduce the PlayCore Scholar Series, a broader collective of scholar contributions, including webinars, articles, and blog posts, to promote play and recreation initiatives
2020 Schedule in Partnership with The Physical Activity Research Center (PARC)
The Physical Activity Research Center (PARC) is a collaboration of four leading universities building the evidence base for policy changes and practices that will help make physical activity part of everyday life for all children. PARC focuses on strategies that can help children in lower-income communities, often part of African American, Latino, Native American, Asian American and Pacific Islander ethnicity groups, who typically have fewer opportunities to be active. Watch the video to learn more: https://youtu.be/BjGqmsqB2bk
Session 3: Bringing Play Opportunities to ALL Kids Through Play Streets
Wednesday, August 12: 2 - 3:15 p.m. EDT
Across the U.S., Play Streets are being implemented in urban areas as temporary street closures that for a specified time period create safe spaces for play; however, these temporary play spaces can be used to encourage active play in rural areas as well. Play Streets are considered one way to address health disparities in children’s health and physical activity by providing places for safe play in neighborhoods and communities without access to safe and well-maintained parks and playgrounds. PARC has collaborated with ChangeLab Solutions to develop a resource guide on planning and implementing Play Streets in diverse rural low-income communities, which sometimes lack opportunities for safe physical activity. The guide contains templates and tangible steps to implementing Play Streets in any community as well as case studies illustrating how each of our four community partners created and implemented Play Streets. Drs. Keshia Pollack Porter and Renée Umstattd Meyer will be joined by Mrs. Micah Holcombe who led and continues to lead Play Streets as an Extension Agent within her rural community in central Texas. In addition, considerations for implementing Play Streets during the time of the COVID-19 pandemic will be discussed.
Suggested material to review before the session:
Come together, play, be active: Physical activity engagement of school-age children at Play Streets in four diverse rural communities in the U.S. Read the Article - https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0091743519303457?via%3Dihub
Session 1: Parks as Equitable Resources for Youth Physical Activity, Especially Now
This webinar will focus on how and where children from specific ethnic/racial subgroups are active and inactive during the school year and summer and how parks and recreation can specifically increase physical activity among kids under 14 years of age. Additionally, this webinar will touch on the implications of this research for parks and physical activity during the time of COVID-19.
Catch up! Watch the webinar here: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/recording/819944710292284684
|Jim Sallis, PhD, Department of Family Medicine and Public Health, University of California, San Diego View Bio||Aaron Hipp, PhD, Departments of Parks, Recreation, and Tourism Management, NC State University View Bio||Chea Johnson, Recreation Specialist, Mecklenburg County, NC, Park and Recreation|
Read the research — Youth Physical Activity in Summer vs. School Year: Patterns and Disparities: https://paresearchcenter.org/project-profiles/uc-san-diego-profile-page/
Read the research — Physical Activity and Recreation in Children in Communities of Color – PARC3: https://paresearchcenter.org/project-profiles/nc-state-project-profile/
Session 2: Youth Advocacy for Better and Equitable Physical Activity Environments
Thursday, June 11: 2 - 3:15 p.m. 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.
Catch up! Watch the Webinar Here - https://register.gotowebinar.c...
Suggested material to review before the session:
Including Youth in the Ladder of Citizen Participation, Adding Rungs of Consent, Advocacy, and Incorporation: Read the Article - https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/01944363.2019.1616319
Impact of a youth advocacy policy, systems and environmental change program for physical activity on perceptions and beliefs: Read the Article - https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S0091743520301018?dgcid=author
Including Youth in the Ladder of Citizen Participation: Read the Article - https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/01944363.2019.1616319