New Report: Using Built Environment to Promote Physical Activity

May 10, 2017 | Anastasia Sonneman

The Community Preventive Services Task Force, an interdisciplinary public health panel appointed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), recently released recommendations on using built environment strategies to increase physical activity. Despite the benefits, less than half of all adults, and 3 in 10 high school students in the U.S., get the recommended daily amounts of physical activity. Built environment intervention can help communities leverage public transit and land use design to make physical activity easier and/or more accessible for residents. Intervention approaches can focus on enhancing opportunities for active transportation (e.g., pedestrian and cycling paths) and/or leisure-time physical activity (e.g., going to a public park). Click to view the full task force report, including a detailed overview of built environment interventions, key recommendations and promotional materials (e.g. fact sheets).


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