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Promoting physical activity and active living in urban environments: The role of local governments by WHO Europe - 2006

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Type: Report
Region: United Kingdom
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This publication provides a concise overview of the best available evidence to date (in 2006) on physical activity and the urban environment and suggestions for policy and practice based on the evidence. A series of spotlights briefly describe some exemplary policies and programmes from cities around Europe.

The evidence on the built environment and physical activity presented here comes from two major sources: studies on urban planning that primarily examine the connection between the built environment and walking and cycling as modes of transport and studies on physical activity that examine the connection between the urban environment and physical activity in its broadest sense, including active transport, sport, recreational activity and playing in the park. Together, they indicate the importance of accessibility (determined by land-use patterns and the transport system together), design and aesthetics in promoting physical activity and active living.

The causal relationships between active living and the physical and social environments may be considerably more complicated. However, creating opportunities for active living should be a priority in urban planning that is concerned with public health, a sustainable environment, cost-effectiveness, social cohesion and the creation of a people-friendly, attractive city.

Date:

01/01/2006

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refer to the resource. (2006) Promoting physical activity and active living in urban environments: The role of local governments by WHO Europe - 2006 [Online]. Available from: http://publichealthwell.ie/node/23356 [Accessed: 26th June 2019].

  

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