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It’s PLAY time! Promoting active lifestyles for youth

UCI professors and community members discussed projects promoting activity among our youth.


park clinic

How a Park-based Health Clinic is Promoting Physical Activity

This presentation explored how the Clinic in the Park system works and will had a demonstration of the simple activities that participants can do at home. Clinic in the Park is an innovative model to connect, screen, and educate families using a public space. Co-located near Farmers Markets, Clinic in the Park provides an opportunity for families to engage in physical activity while shopping for local produce.

At local Clinics in the Park, the City of Irvine, along with the Pediatric Exercise Research Center at UCI, provides simple age-appropriate activities that can be done at home without expensive equipment and in minimal space.






Promoting Physical Activity in Early Childhood Through Active Play

Primary care provides an opportunity to provide parents of young children with information that could influence physical activity from a young age.









Project GREEN (Getting Residents Engaged in Exercise & Nutrition)

Project GREEN encourages physical activity among youth in Santa Ana through offering classes in Youth Basketball, Youth Ballet Folklorico, and Youth Soccer. The activities are offered in conjunction with tutoring. To encourage lifelong habits, families must also be involved for students to participate.










Feeling States and Heart Rates
Promoting adolescent activity through physical education

Adolescence is a time when physical activity tends to decline. Schools offer a promising avenue for intervening, but most school-based programs are only moderately successful.This presentation described a trial of an affect-based intervention to promote physical activity participation.






Forum moderated by Pietro Galassetti, MD/PhD, Professor of Pediatrics, UCI