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Salud America! & Community Health Center (Conn.)

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Published on Oct 12, 2010

Melanie Benitez and Rosemarie Burgos, part of a Salud America! pilot research project led by Community Health Center in Connecticut, stand before the Common Council of New Britain, Conn., on Sept. 7, 2010, and argue that the city should pay to re-open pools to boost local physical activity options. As part of the research project, a group of Latina teens (Benitez, Burgos, Veronica Simon-Tirado, Katherine Perez, Julissa Aguilar and Taysha Rivera) took photos of parks and the closed pools littered with trash and graffiti, interviewed kids, parents and city officials on the need for water-related exercise options, and got 100 signatures on a petition to re-open pools. For more details on the project and others like it, visit Salud America! at www.salud-america.org.

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