Increase Physical Activity

Park Design and Youth Activity (11-10-15)

How actively children play in parks is influenced by the design of those parks.  Baek and his team found that “particular features of parks—especially complexity in landscape surfaces, proximity to sport facilities and playgrounds, and the availability of pedestrian trails—enable greater intensity of youth physical activity in a park.”

Solhyon Baek, Samira Raja, Jiyoung Park, Leonard Epstein, and Li Yin.  “Park Design and Children’s Active Play:  A Microscale Spatial Analysis of Intensity of Play in Olmsted’s Delaware Park.”  Environment and Planning B, in press.

Designing for Physical Activity (10-28-15)

The Active Living Research group is making available without charge, at the web address noted below, a peer-reviewed report on active living research because “The design and maintenance of neighborhoods, streets, and parks, and people’s perceptions of those places . . .  can affect physical activity in youth and adults.”  Key research results presented include: “People, regardless of their socio-cultural characteristics, generally have similar perceptions of the aesthetics of an environment.

Movement and Health (10-16-15)

Researchers at the University of Exeter and University College London report on movement and likelihood of death.  Their findings were published in the International Journal of Epidemiology and have “challenged claims that sitting for long periods increases the risk of an early death even if you are otherwise physically active.”  Researchers “followed more than 5000 participants for 16 years . . . and found that sitting, either at home or at work, is not associated with an increased risk of dying.

Visual Street Connectivity and Foot Traffic (10-06-15)

Hajrasouliha and Yin investigated links between visual street connectivity and foot traffic.  Some definitions: “higher physical connectivity means shorter travel time to reach the same number of destinations while higher visual connectivity means fewer turns to see the same number of destinations.”  The researchers learned that “Despite the correlation of these two connectivity constructs, studying both physical and visual connectivity is essential to better understand the role of street network on pedestrian activity. . . .

Fidgeting Can Be a Good Thing (09-24-15)

Trying to incorporate opportunities into a space to move slightly while seated seems like a good idea.  Researchers have learned via studying data collected over many years that “Fidgeting may reduce the risk of all-cause mortality associated with excessive sitting time.”

Gareth Hagger-Johnson, Alan Gow, Victoria Burley, Darren Greenwood, and Janet Cade.  “Sitting Time, Fidgeting, and All-Cause Mortality in the UK Women’s Cohort Study.”  American Journal of Preventive Medicine, in press.

Sitting Bad for the Liver (09-16-15)

More bad news for people who sit for much of the day.  Research indicates that they have a significantly greater likelihood of developing non-alcoholic fatty liver disease.  In the Ryu, etc., investigation, the group of study participants with the longest sitting times sat for more than 10 hours a day, on average.

Seunglo Ryu, Yoosoo Chang, Hyun-Suk Jung, and 10 others.  “Relationship of Sitting Time and Physical Activity with Non-Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease.”  Journal of Hepatology, in press.


Subscribe to RSS - Increase Physical Activity