3410.0 Assessing the Impact of the Built Environment on Health Outcomes

Monday, November 9, 2009: 4:30 PM
A healthy community protects and improves the quality of life for its citizens, promotes healthy behaviors and minimizes hazards for its residents, and preserves the natural environment. Land use and transportation decisions and the design of houses, commercial buildings, roads, parks, and other features in the built environment can facilitate or obstruct the creation and maintenance of healthy communities. Sprawling developments deter physical activity and increase automobile dependence that contributes to air pollution, car crashes, and pedestrian injuries. The mental health of individuals and a community's social capital may also be influenced by the design of the built environment. In this session, presenters will describe the impact of light rail transit on physical activity, discuss the built environment features that affect physical activity in older adults in urban areas, present an assessment tool for examining the neighborhood built environment, explore the use of parks in relation to accessibility by nearby residents, and explain factors that influence adoption of innovative land use policies that promote health.
Session Objectives: Explain the characteristics of the built environment that influence physical activity and other healthy behaviors. Describe types of tools that can be used to measure built environment features. Identify factors that affect policies that influence the built environment.

4:30 PM
Impact of Light Rail Transit on Physical Activity
John M. MacDonald, PhD, Robert Stokes, PhD and Deborah Cohen, MD, MPH
4:45 PM
Community assessment: Understanding the built environment within a neighborhood health context
Gretchen L. Kroeger, MEM, Marie Lynn Miranda, PhD and Jeffrey Davis, BS
5:15 PM
Transforming the Built Environment Through Land Use Policy Innovation: Two Case Studies
Deborah A. Howe, PhD, FAICP, Jennifer Dill, PhD and Mari Radford, MCRP

See individual abstracts for presenting author's disclosure statement and author's information.

Organized by: Environment
Endorsed by: Food and Nutrition, Statistics, Healthy Communities for Healthy Aging Forum

CE Credits: Medical (CME), Health Education (CHES), Nursing (CNE), Public Health (CPH)

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