By Supervisors Sheila Kuehl and Hilda Solis, Los Angeles Daily News
Everybody loves a park. Parks are great for the environment, great for communities and great for public health. Trees absorb ozone, provide cooling shade and reduce water run-off. Parks are also important gauges of the overall quality of life in our neighborhoods. Communities with vibrant, well-used parks tend to be stronger, places where neighbors know and care about each other and families thrive.
But parks are more than just nice places to enjoy the golden Southern California sunshine. A growing body of evidence suggests that parks in urban areas help extend our lives as well. Studies show that when people have access to parks, they exercise more, which is vital given the epidemic of obesity plaguing our communities. That’s why the Center for Disease Control and Prevention has called for the creation of more parks and playgrounds to combat this epidemic.
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