NATIONAL STUDY OF PLAYGROUNDS
10 Major US Cities
This is the first observational study of playgrounds to compare the impacts of design on physical activity and play behavior across gender, age, and socio-economic status. Our data will provide the most current picture of playgrounds and their influence on physical activity in the United States, identifying specifically what playground elements promote moderate to vigorous physical activity (MVPA) and how these elements may have a large future impact on population health.
We will study 60 playgrounds in 10 major US cities, which include Boston, Chicago, Cincinnati, Denver, Houston, Los Angeles, Memphis, New York City, San Francisco, and Seattle.
Data collection will commence in the summer of 2021.
Dr. Deborah Cohen of Kaiser Permanente and Dr. Thomas McKenzie, professor emeritus of San Diego State University.
This project is funded by the National Institute of Health.
Began Fall 2019, to be completed Fall 2023