Ohio’s obesity rates, especially for children, are unacceptable.
We know that when people have access and opportunities for exercise, such as parks nearby, there is often an increase in physical activity. Local schools can play an important role in helping Ohioans get more active.
What’s shared use? The ability to use school recreational facilities for community members after school hours, or ‘shared use,’ is a simple and cost-effective solution that could have immediate impact for individuals and entire communities. Schools already have a variety of safe facilities, including running tracks, pools, gymnasiums, fitness rooms and playgrounds. They can create access to the public by opening existing facilities during non-school hours, integrating the opportunity for community use when planning new construction projects, or building collaborative relationships and entering into reciprocal agreements with local governments or community organizations.