Health and Community Design: The Impact of the Built Environment on Physical Activity / Edition 1

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Overview

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.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781559639170
  • Publisher: Island Press
  • Publication date: 4/1/2003
  • Edition description: 1
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 250
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Lawrence Frank is Associate Professor in the City Planning Program, College of Architecture, Georgia Institute of Technology. 
 
Peter Engelke is Research Associate in the City Planning Program, College of Architecture, Georgia Institute of Technology. 
 
Tom Schmid is Coordinator of the Active Community Environments (ACEs) team in the Division of Nutrition and Physical Activity at the National Center for Chronic Disease Control and Health Promotion, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
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Table of Contents

List of Figures
List of Photographs
List of Tables
Preface and Acknowledgments
1 Introduction 1
2 Public Health and Urban Form in America: Historical Precedents 11
3 Physical Activity and Public Health 38
4 Physical Activity: Types and Patterns 55
5 Physical Activity: Children, the Elderly, and the Poor 76
6 Understanding the Built Environment 99
7 Transportation Systems 117
8 Land Use Patterns 137
9 Urban Design Characteristics 152
10 Application of Principles: Data from Seattle and Atlanta 178
11 Conclusion 189
App Summary of Selected Traffic Calming Studies 201
Endnotes 209
Glossary 217
References 223
About the Authors 243
Index 245
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