Journal article

Public open space, physical activity, urban design and public health: Concepts, methods and research agenda

Mohammad Javad Koohsari, Suzanne Mavoa, Karen Villanueva, Takemi Sugiyama, Hannah Badland, Andrew T Kaczynski, Neville Owen, Billie Giles-Corti

HEALTH & PLACE | ELSEVIER SCI LTD | Published : 2015

Abstract

Public open spaces such as parks and green spaces are key built environment elements within neighbourhoods for encouraging a variety of physical activity behaviours. Over the past decade, there has been a burgeoning number of active living research studies examining the influence of public open space on physical activity. However, the evidence shows mixed associations between different aspects of public open space (e.g., proximity, size, quality) and physical activity. These inconsistencies hinder the development of specific evidence-based guidelines for urban designers and policy-makers for (re)designing public open space to encourage physical activity. This paper aims to move this research..

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Funding Acknowledgements

Koohsari is supported by a National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) Program Grant [#569940]. Giles-Corti is supported by an NHMRC Principal Research Fellow Award (#1004900). Owen is supported by an NHMRC Program Grant [#569940] and a NHMRC Senior Principal Research Fellowship [#1003960], Koohsari and Owen are supported by the Victorian Government's Operational Infrastructure Support Program.