Case Study: Increasing Physical Activity Opportunities in Mississippi
Shared use agreements help Mississippi communities increase physical activity on schoolyards.
Green schoolyards are a community resource for physical activity and shared use policies promote access to school facilities during out-of-school time. Mississippi ranks poorly in terms of overall population health, but recently devoted efforts to enacting a statewide shared use initiative–one of only a handful in the U.S. The state offered $4,000 mini-grants to assist schools or communities with implementing shared use policies and addressed common barriers to implementation, including apprehension by district superintendents and lack of community awareness. Shared use is a public health strategy that transforms community perception and use of school spaces.