- Associated Press - Saturday, June 21, 2014

CHICAGO (AP) - The city of Chicago is kicking off another season of PlayStreets, neighborhood events which close streets to traffic and temporarily turn them into playgrounds for games, dancing and fitness classes.

Mayor Rahm Emanuel and the Chicago Department of Public Health announced Friday that more than 140 PlayStreets events are planned in 26 neighborhoods.

PlayStreets is part of Healthy Chicago, the public health agenda established in 2011. Healthy Chicago outlines more than 200 strategies for transforming the health of the city through collaborative efforts.

PlayStreets focuses on helping youth get fit and stay healthy. Other city health initiatives targeting young people include guaranteed recess for students, improved physical activity guidelines at childcare centers and increased access to healthy food options for families.

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Online: http://www.cityofchicago.org/city/en/depts/cdph/provdrs/healthychicago/svcs/playstreets_are_opencomeoutandplay.html

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