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Community Design and Policies for Free-Range Children: Creating Environments that Support Routine Physical Activity

Creator:

Fenton, M.

Subject Keywords: Childhood obesity
Set: Obesity
Type: Article
Region: International (other)
Description:

Growing concern over childhood obesity has prompted a focus on underlying epidemics of physical inactivity and poor nutrition. Regarding the former, there is increasing understanding that behavior change promotion alone has not increased population physical activity levels and that an ecological approach is necessary.

Therefore, the public health profession has moved beyond traditional behavior change campaigns toward a growing focus on altering policies and the built environment to create settings that support increases in routine, not just exercise or leisure time, physical activity among children. A survey of the literature suggests four broad factors that define settings where routine physical activity, especially active transportation, is more likely to occur:

• a compact variety of land uses, with a mix of destinations in close proximity;

• a comprehensive network of bicycle, pedestrian, and transit facilities;

• inviting and functional site designs for pedestrians, cyclists, and transit users;

• safety and access for users of all ages, incomes, abilities and disabilities.

Date:

01/02/2012

Rights: © Mary Ann Liebert, Inc.
Suggested citation:

Fenton, M.. (2012) Community Design and Policies for Free-Range Children: Creating Environments that Support Routine Physical Activity [Online]. Available from: http://www.thehealthwell.info/node/195348 [Accessed: 29th May 2017].

  

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