Active Neighbourhoods – a promise delivered

May 26, 2009 at 2:43 pm Leave a comment

Dr. Jim Sallis, the head of Active Living Research (ALR) at San Diego State University, gave a City Program lecture a few years ago.   His research unit has worked hard over the years to establish the  link between land use and physical activity.

This week, he sent us the results of an international study that will help put land use on the health agenda worldwide.   To those who attend the City Program’s  ‘Shifting Gears’ series (sponsored by the Bombardier Foundation and the BC Recreation and Parks Association), the idea that “neighborhoods built to support physical activity have a strong potential to contribute to increased physical activity” likely won’t strike you as anything surprising.  But the virtue of ALR (and Larry Frank’s work at UBC) is that it provides the data for what would otherwise be intuition.

logo Surveys were conducted in 11 countries using the same self-report environmental variables and the International Physical Activity Questionnaire.  The results are available to all in the current issue of the American Journal of Preventive Medicine.  Press release here.

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