New Study On Obesity And Urban Design

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November 22, 2004, 1:00 PM PST

By Chris Steins @urbaninsight


The National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences is paying for the five-year evaluation of communities located across the U.S. to assess the impact on physical activity and obesity of local design and transportation changes. The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation's Active Living by Design Program is supporting 25 community partnerships to develop and implement collaboration among a variety of organizations in public health and other disciplines, such as city planning, transportation, architecture, recreation, crime prevention, traffic safety and education, as well as key groups concentrating on land use, public transit, non-motorized travel, public spaces, parks, trails, and architectural practices that advance physical activity.

Thanks to Planning Educators Electronic Mail Network

Thursday, November 4, 2004 in U.S. Department Of Health And Human Services

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