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          ACR 106 (Smyth and Huffman)
          As Introduced February 9, 2012
          Majority vote 

           RULES               8-0                                         
          |Ayes:|Silva, Alejo, Butler,     |     |                          |
          |     |Carter, Hagman, Hueso,    |     |                          |
          |     |Knight, Williams          |     |                          |
          |     |                          |     |                          |
           SUMMARY  :  Recognizes the importance of access to local parks, 
          trails, open space, and facilities such as swimming pools, skate 
          parks, dog parks, tennis courts, nature centers, and museums, 
          for the health and development of all Californians; and declares 
          July 2012 as "Parks Make Life Better! (registered trademark)" 
          Month.  Specifically,  this resolution  makes the following 
          legislative findings:   

          1)The Governor, Legislature, and citizens have prioritized 
            efforts to increase physical activity, access to nature, 
            spaces for play and exercise, the arts, lifelong learning, and 
            social connections among children and adults through the 
            approval of statewide park bond programs.

          2)The 2010 California Obesity Prevention Plan states that one in 
            every nine Californian children, one in three teens, and over 
            50% of adults are overweight or obese, and that obesity 
            affects all ages, income, educational, ethnic, and disability 
            groups; and, to address obesity, the State of California must 
            ensure that all California residents have access to safe 
            places to play and be active.

          3)Participation in physical activities can lower a citizen's 
            risk of developing chronic health problems, such as high blood 
            pressure, asthma, heart disease, and diabetes and can help 
            children grow up to be healthier adults.  

          4)California's costs attributable to physical inactivity, 
            obesity, and excess body weight in 2006 were estimated at 
            $41.2 billion; and, in contrast, a 5% improvement in each of 
            these risk factors could result in annual savings of nearly 


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            $2.4 billion.
          FISCAL EFFECT  :   None

           Analysis Prepared by  :    Anna McCabe / RLS. / (916) 319-2800 

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