Outside the box: LGTBQ-inclusive physical activity programs

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The population of overweight and inactive youth, especially in urban and minority communities, is increasingly becoming a problem that schools are being asked to address given their widespread and consistent access to young people. After-school physical activity (PA) programming has proven effective as a way to increase adolescent PA; however, impoverished inner-city districts often face unique challenges in offering these programs. This chapter draws from research on effective urban after-school programming to outline common challenges related to facilities, transportation, food insecurity, and culturally relevant activities. Using a case-study approach, recommendations are suggested for creating sustainable programs by mitigating these challenges and capitalizing on factors that make after-school PA programming attractive and meaningful for urban youth.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationBefore- and After-School Physical Activity Programs
Subtitle of host publicationFrameworks, Critical Issues, and Underserved Populations
EditorsRisto Marttinen, Erin E. Centeio, Thomas Quarmby
Place of PublicationAbingdon, Oxon
Number of pages12
ISBN (Electronic)9781003051909
Publication statusPublished - 31 Dec 2021

Publication series

NameRoutledge Studies in Physical Education and Youth Sport


  • physical activity
  • gender
  • sexuality
  • equity
  • social justice
  • diversity
  • inclusion


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