These kids revamped their schoolyard. It could be a model to make cities healthier

A schoolyard revamp led by students in Philadelphia could serve as a model for creating healthier cities by providing much-needed green spaces.

Problem background: Low-income communities and communities of color in America have far less access to green spaces, contributing to health disparities.
* Access to parks and green spaces has various physical and mental health benefits, such as lower stress levels, improved physical activity, and increased sense of community.

Solution: The Trust for Public Land’s schoolyard transformation projects, where students (with adult supervision) take charge of redesigning their school grounds.
* Example: Add B. Anderson School’s revitalized schoolyard in Philadelphia, featuring a running track, basketball court, picnic areas, play equipment, and rain gardens.

Benefits to students: Beyond introducing nature into kids’ daily routines, renovated schoolyards have been linked to improvements in academic performance and attendance rates.
* Kids in green spaces also tend to engage in more intense physical activity.

Wider impact: Revamped schoolyards are open to the entire community, providing access to green spaces for both children and adults who may not have had such access previously.

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