Health and Community Design The Impact of the Built Environment on Physical Activity

ISBN-10: 1559639172
ISBN-13: 9781559639170
Edition: 2nd 2003
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Book details

List price: $35.00
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 2003
Publisher: Island Press
Publication date: 5/23/2003
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 271
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.990
Language: English

Health and Community Designis a comprehensive examination of how the built environment encourages or discourages physical activity, drawing together insights from a range of research on the relationships between urban form and public health. It provides important information about the factors that influence decisions about physical activity and modes of travel, and about how land use patterns can be changed to help overcome barriers to physical activity. Chapters examine:• the historical relationship between health and urban form in the United States • why urban and suburban development should be designed to promote moderate types of physical activity • the divergent needs and requirements of different groups of people and the role of those needs in setting policy • how different settings make it easier or more difficult to incorporate walking and bicycling into everyday activitiesA concluding chapter reviews the arguments presented and sketches a research agenda for the future.

Peter Engelke is a Senior Fellow at the Strategic Foresight Initiative at the Atlantic Council in Washington, DC.

List of Figures
List of Photographs
List of Tables
Preface and Acknowledgments
Introduction
Public Health and Urban Form in America: Historical Precedents
Physical Activity and Public Health
Physical Activity: Types and Patterns
Physical Activity: Children, the Elderly, and the Poor
Understanding the Built Environment
Transportation Systems
Land Use Patterns
Urban Design Characteristics
Application of Principles: Data from Seattle and Atlanta
Conclusion
Summary of Selected Traffic Calming Studies
Endnotes
Glossary
References
About the Authors
Index

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