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Co-Benefits Of Designing Communities For Active Living: An Exploration Of Literature, James F. Sallis, Chad Spoon, Nick Cavill, Jessa K. Engelberg, Klaus Gebel, Mike Parker, Christina M. Thornton, Debbie Lou, Amanda Wilson, Carmen L. Cutter, Ding Ding Jan 2015

Co-Benefits Of Designing Communities For Active Living: An Exploration Of Literature, James F. Sallis, Chad Spoon, Nick Cavill, Jessa K. Engelberg, Klaus Gebel, Mike Parker, Christina M. Thornton, Debbie Lou, Amanda Wilson, Carmen L. Cutter, Ding Ding

Faculty of Health Sciences Publications

To reverse the global epidemic of physical inactivity that is responsible for more than 5 million deaths per year, many groups recommend creating “activity-friendly environments.” Such environments may have other benefits, beyond facilitating physical activity, but these potential co-benefits have not been well described. The purpose of the present paper is to explore a wide range of literature and conduct an initial summary of evidence on co-benefits of activity-friendly environments. An extensive but non-systematic review of scientific and “gray” literature was conducted. Five physical activity settings were defined: parks/open space/trails, urban design, transportation, schools, and workplaces/buildings. Several ...