Did You Know?

  • 61% of Maine adults are overweight or obese. (CDC BRFSS, 2004)
  • 27% of Maine high-school students and 30% of Maine middle school students are overweight or at risk for overweight. (ME YRBSS, 2003)
  • 36% of Maine kindergarten students are overweight or at risk of becoming overweight. (ME CHS, 2002)
  • 33% of low-income children between 2 and 5 years of age in Maine are overweight or at risk of becoming overweight. (CDC PedNSS, 2003)
  • Access to facilities like parks and activity programs is associated with more activity for both children and adults. (Sallis, Prochaska, and Taylor 2000)
  • The more time children spend outdoors, the more likely they are to be active. (Baranowski and Puhl 1993)
  • Active users of public parks have a lower body mass index (a ratio between weight and height) than did people who use parks passively or not at all? (Godbey, G., Roy, M., Payne, L. L., & Orsega-Smith, E. (1998)
  • 89% of city managers indicated that the primary governmental agency responsible for helping to address the obesity problem is parks and recreation (ICMA, 2004)