Associations of Built Environment and Children's Physical Activity: A Narrative Review

This article reports the results of a literature review that explored the less-studied areas of the existing literature related to the relationship between the built environment and physical activity of children aged between 3 and 12 years. The authors were looking for information to support new strategies to intervene and prevent childhood obesity. They focused on two large categories of interest: non-school outdoor activities of children that take place in the residential neighborhood; and commuting to school and the related interventions such as safe routes to school. The results are categorized into seven areas: urban forms and land uses such as urban, suburban, and high-density; city size; cultures, subcultures and ethnicities in a particular city; perceptions of parents and children and how they are associated with children's physical activity, including safety and security of the neighborhood; the built environment and children's physical activity in less-studied contexts, such as developing and under-developed countries; different regions of the world, e.g. continents; and mobility patterns of parents and how they related to their children's physical activity, including the use of public transit or walking. The authors conclude by calling for additional research in each of these less-understood topics.


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  • Accession Number: 01688572
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jul 24 2018 3:56PM