The new study says that L.A.'s underserved areas need parks the most, preferably within one mile of homes, although more parks alone may not be enough to promote adequate levels of exercise.
"In a study that argues for the city of Los Angeles to build more parks in underserved areas, the Rand Corp. says that parks are used mostly by those who live nearby.
And those who go to the parks generally are not getting the kind of workout health officials say everyone needs. The most common activity, the study found, was sitting."
"Even if a large park is only a few miles away from a particular neighborhood, most neighborhood residents will not use that large park," the study concluded.
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