We Choose Health: Joint-Use Agreements

What is Joint-Use?

Joint-use is a way to increase opportunities for children and adults to be more physically active. It refers to two or more entities — usually a school and a city or private organization sharing indoor and outdoor spaces like gymnasiums, athletic fields, and playgrounds. The concept is simple: share resources to keep costs down and communities healthy!

Great examples of Joint-Use!

  • A principal unlocks the school gate after hours so neighbors can shoot hoops or play ball on evenings and weekends
  • A school and swim team can share a pool
  • A school opens its soccer field to a coal league for weekend games.
  • A YMCA opens its gym to the local PE teacher so students have a place to exercise!

Why have Joint-Use?

  • The more active children are, the healthier they will be now and when they grow up
  • Location, location, location: the physical environment determines, to a large degree, whether we will be healthy
  • Joint-Use provides safe and convenient  places to exercise and play
  • Joint-Use agreements make sense financially because they build upon assets a community already has

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