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                                 THIRD READING

          Bill No:  ACR 106
          Author:   Smyth (R) and Huffman (D), et al.
          Amended:  3/26/12 in Assembly
          Vote:     21

           ASSEMBLY FLOOR :  Read and adopted, 3/26/12

           SUBJECT  :    Parks Make Life Better! Month.

           SOURCE  :     California Park and Recreation Society

           DIGEST  :    This resolution declares the Legislatures 
          recognition of the importance of access to local parks, 
          trails, open space, and facilities for the health and 
          development of all Californians.  This resolution also 
          declares July 2012 as "Parks Make Life Better!" Month.

           ANALYSIS  :    This resolution makes the following 
          legislative findings:

          1.A 2009 public opinion research study, conducted by the 
            California Park & Recreation Society, revealed 98 percent 
            of California's households visit a local park and 50 
            percent of California households participate in an 
            organized recreation program annually.

          2.California's residents value their local parks and 
            recreation services, as they provide access to the 
            serenity and inspiration of nature, outdoor spaces, and 
            places for play and exercise; facilities for directed and 


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            self-directed recreation; activities that facilitate 
            social connections, human development, the arts, and 
            lifelong learning, and positive alternatives for youth 
            that help lower crime and mischief.

          3.The 2010 California Obesity Prevention Plan states the 
             A.   One in every nine California Children, one in three 
               teens, and over 50 percent of adults are already 
               overweight or obese, and that obesity affects 
               virtually all age, income, educational, ethnic, and 
               disability groups.

             B.   The state's childhood obesity epidemic and related 
               health conditions and associated costs are expected to 
               increase unless concerted and coordinated efforts are 
               made to increase opportunities for children and youth 
               to engage in age-appropriate, high quality physical 
               activity programs during nonschool hours.

             C.   Research has shown that where people live, work, 
               and play impacts obesity.  For example, in Imperial 
               County, 73 percent of adults are overweight or obese, 
               while only 43 percent of San Francisco City and County 
               adults are overweight or obese.

             D.   California's costs attributable to physical 
               inactivity, obesity, and excess body weight in 2006 
               were estimated at $41.2 billion. In contrast, a five 
               percent improvement in each of these risk factors 
               could result in an annual savings of nearly $2.4 

             E.   To address obesity, the State of California must 
               ensure that all California residents have access to 
               safe places to play and be active.

          1.California's 10 Step Vision for a Healthy California is a 
            call to action to transform the state so that all 
            Californians can enjoy healthy eating and active living, 
            resulting in all of the following:

             A.   Every day, every child will participate in physical 



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             B.   California's adults will be physically active every 
             C.   Neighborhoods, communities, and buildings will 
               support physical activity, including safe walking, 
               stair climbing, and bicycling.

          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 

          2.The California Park and Recreation Society promotes the 
            positive personal and community benefits of parks, open 
            space, trails, recreation facilities and programs, nature 
            education, and sports for able and disabled children, 
            teens, adults, and seniors.

          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 also help children grow up to be healthier 

          4.The California Park and Recreation Society has released a 
            statewide public awareness campaign, "Parks Make Life 
            Better!" to inform citizens of the many benefits of 
            utilizing parks, facilities, programs, and services.

          This resolution declares the Legislature's recognition of 
          the importance of access to local parks, trails, open 
          space, and facilities for the health and development of all 
          Californians.  This resolution also declares July 2012 as 
          "Parks Make Life Better!" Month.

           FISCAL EFFECT  :    Fiscal Com.:  No

           SUPPORT  :   (Verified  5/21/12)

          California Park and Recreation Society (source) 

          CTW:nl  5/23/12   Senate Floor Analyses 



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                         SUPPORT/OPPOSITION:  SEE ABOVE

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