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Author Frank, Lawrence D.

Title Health and community design : the impact of the built environment on physical activity / Lawrence D. Frank, Peter O. Engelke, Thomas L. Schmid
Published Washington, DC : Island Press, [2003]


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Description xiii, 253 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Contents 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
Summary Health and Community Design is 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 activities. A concluding chapter reviews the arguments presented and sketches a research agenda for the future
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages [223]-242) and index
Subject Environmental health.
Exercise -- Environmental aspects.
Urban health.
Transportation -- Health aspects.
City planning -- Health aspects.
Health behavior.
Physical Fitness.
Health Promotion.
City Planning.
United States.
Author Engelke, Peter (Peter O.)
Schmid, Thomas L.
LC no. 2003000999
ISBN 1559639172 paperback alkaline paper
Other Titles Impact of the built environment on physical activity