A Schematic for Focusing on Youth in Investigations of Community Design and Physical Activity

This article reports on the factors involved in the interplay between physical activity research and community design. The authors first review the urgent need for new approaches to increasing physical activity in adolescents, then discuss growing interest in the effects of community design. The article presents a schematic that accounts for how and where youth spend their time, decomposing the day into time spent in travel and time spent at destinations, and identifying portions of those times that are spent engaged in physical activity. The authors distinguish four types of destinations where youth travel to and spend their time: home, school, obligatory (extracurricular and family commitments, afterschool lessons, other commitments), and discretionary (unstructured time and activities, visiting a friends' home, or other locations for free play and recreation). The authors conclude that, by focusing on both spatial and behavioral dimensions of youth time, this schematic can be used to improve understanding about the relationships between community design and physical activity specifically for youth.

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  • Authors:
    • Krizek, Kevin
    • Birnbaum, A
    • Levinson, David
  • Publication Date: 2004-9


  • English

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  • Accession Number: 01042708
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Feb 23 2007 10:38AM