The Greenfield Walking Group works to create opportunities for safe physical activity for all in Bakersfield.
Formed in 2006 by two Bakersfield mothers-Gema Perez and Daliflor Loya-the Greenfield Walking Group began as an informal group of primarily of Spanish-speaking mothers that met for daily walks and aerobic exercise in the city’s Steirn Park. Much to their dismay, the mothers found the park to be in shambles and disarray: from agressive dogs to roving gang members to broken bottles. The route to get to the park was also troubling, forcing mothers and children alike to cross four lanes of high-speed motor traffic. The mothers of the Greenfield Walking Group decided to take action: spearheading a walkability assessment with the help of California Walks in Spring 2007 that eventually led to a complete transformation of the park, including a new walking path through the park.
Profiles of the Greenfield Walking Group
- “The Central California Regional Obesity Prevention Project: A CBPR Effort in Kern County,” Community-based Participatory Research: A Strategy for Building Healthy Communities and Promoting Health through Policy Change,” PolicyLink 2012.
- “Get Moving Kern and Greenfield Walking Group: Latino parents get things moving in rural Kern County,” Mapping the Movement for Healthy Food & Activity Environments. Prevention Institute.
- “The Greenfield Walking Group-Transforming a Park, Transforming a Community,” Success! How California Communities Are Making Physical Activity and Healthy Eating Part of Everyday Life. The California Endowment 2002.
- Greenfield Walking Group Fotonovella. Central California Regional Obesity Prevention Program (CCROPP).