3155.0 Physical Activity in Urban Environments

Monday, November 5, 2007: 10:30 AM
Increasing physical activity is an important way to improve the health of individuals and communities, but can be difficult to achieve in urban environments. This session reviews current research and interventions aimed at improving and increasing physical activity among urban communities. Specifically, presentations discuss whether self-reported reasons for use of an urban multi-use trail were associated with physical activity, the use of CBPR to support and track the effects of changes in the built environment on physical activity and dietary practices, identifying necessary infrastructure supports to enhance the work of urban recreational centers, and identifying ways to make physical activity more enjoyable for urban adolescents.
Session Objectives: At the end of the session, the participant will be able to: (1) Discuss how a multilevel intervention design can incorporate enhancements to both the physical environment and the social environment to promote physical activity; (2) Describe different activities that can be implemented to promote physical activity using greenways; (3) Identify potential supports that may assist recreation centers in providing better programs that address physical activity for the low income residents; (4) Describe the ways that walking maps can be used to increase physical activity among low-income minority urban residents.
Theresa Bryd, DrpH

10:30 AM
Reasons for urban trail use predict trail-related physical activity
Genevieve Fridlund Dunton, PhD, MPH, Kim D. Reynolds, PhD, Donna Spruij-Metz, PhD, Jennifer Wolch, PhD, Chih-Ping Chou, PhD, Michael Jerrett, PhD, Jason Byrne, PhD and Susan Weaver, MA, MPI
10:45 AM
If we build it: Promoting greenway use to increase physical activity - The Lean and Green in Motown project
Amy J. Schulz, PhD, Sheryl Weir, MPH, Deedee D. Varick, MPH, Barbara A. Israel, DrPH, Cindy Gamboa, Sonya Grant Pierson, MSW and Henry Guthard, BSc, BArch
11:00 AM
Benefits and Challenges of Parks and Recreation in a Low Income Urban Community: An assessment of health initiatives in Southwest Baltimore
Jynnifer Phillips, Payam Sheikhattari, MD, MPH, Bolanle Awosemusi, Kyle K. K. Esdaille, MPH, Sian A. Goldson, MPH and Yvonne L. Bronner, ScD
11:15 AM
GIS walking maps to promote physical activity in low-income public housing communities
Lorna H. McNeill, PhD, MPH, Karen M. Emmons, PhD and Pamela D. Waterman, MPH
11:30 AM
What makes physical activity fun for urban adolescents? Listening to youth and opening Pandora's Box
Amanda S. Birnbaum, PhD, MPH, Tracy R. Nichols, PhD, Sara Birnel and Madhuvanti Mahadeo, DrPH

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Organized by: Public Health Education and Health Promotion

CE Credits: CME, Health Education (CHES), Nursing