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Help Your Local School Open Up Its Playground

by Julie H. on Monday, September 17, 2012

Do you have a camera or a smart phone?

If so – we need your help! As we work to have children lead heart-healthy lives, it’s important they have access to places where they can play and exercise. Otherwise, their chance for physical activity goes down. Schools are a great solution because they’re located near a child’s home with playgrounds, basketball courts and more. But right now, the threat of lawsuits has forced most schools into locking up its recreational facilities. The good news is your lawmakers can remove this fear!

Help show lawmakers that this is an issue in your community! You can do this on weekday evenings on your way home from work, or on the weekend while running errands or after Church. Simply stop by your local school and take a photo of the locked playground during non-school hours. Then, text it to us at 850-727-3712 or upload it at www.americanheart.com/shareyourstory.

We’ll place your photo on our Google Map. If we fill up this map, we can really show our lawmakers the ineffective use of our tax dollars and how one of the keys to battling childhood obesity is right in front of us if we pick it up and use it.

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