Professor Robert Halpern spoke to the Capital Times about the importance of physical activity for low-income children, noting that children in dangerous neighborhoods are most at risk of being too sedentary.

Parents in these communities “are even more vigilant because their kids are the ones truly at risk of being recruited by gangs, or victims of other criminal activity,” he says, adding that programs such as youth sports leagues help children get exercise as well as build safer communities.

“The important thing is having it right in the neighborhood because that changes the perception the neighborhood has of itself,” Halpern says.

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