Author Archives: Built Environment and Health

Measuring Neighborhood Walkability across Communities in the U.S. Over the Past Three Decades

The evidence on links between neighborhood walkability and physical activity and body mass index remains limited because there have been few longitudinal studies with repeated measures of neighborhood walkability and health behavior and outcomes.  While large cohort studies with long-term … Continue reading

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How did the unhealthy food environment evolve in New York City?

BEH collaborator Nico Berger and BEH member Gina Lovasi recently led a study on changes in the unhealthy retail food environment in New York City. The study found that the number of food outlets selling calorie-dense foods such as pizza … Continue reading

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National Geographic Cities Issue

Just a quick note:  The April 2019 issue of National Geographic focuses on Cities and how to redesign them to support health, sustainability and community.  The issue covers transit oriented design, China’s new urban design regulations, walking through Tokyo, the … Continue reading

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How Do Gym Location and Membership Interact to Impact Physical Activity?

We recently published a paper in the Journal of Urban Health, led by BEH alum Tanya Kaufman and frequent BEH collaborator Jana A. Hirsch, which found that individuals living near more commercial physical activity facilities (e.g. health club, tennis club, … Continue reading

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Teaching Epidemiology From High School Through Graduate School

BEH alumni, James Stark, recently published a paper in the American Journal of Epidemiology, “Teaching on the Continuum: Epidemiology Education From High School Through Graduate School“. This is the second in his planned trilogy of papers on epidemiology education. In … Continue reading

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Mobile Phone-Based Neighborhood Audits

We recently published a paper describing our efforts to adapt street audit strategies for use in a large informal community, Rio das Pedras (RdP) located in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.  We developed a smartphone-based systematic observation protocol to gather street-level … Continue reading

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Free-floating Bike Share in Seattle

BEH member Steve Mooney recently led two studies regarding the use of the free-floating bike share system in Seattle.  (Free-floating bike share systems are systems that allow users to pick up and leave bikes anywhere within a service area rather … Continue reading

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Launching the Interactive-Pedestrian Injury Mapper (I-PIM)

In 2015 in the U.S. 5,376 pedestrians were killed and 70,000 were injured. The Built Environment and Health Research Group has just launched the Interactive-Pedestrian Injury Mapper (I-PIM) website (HERE), to crowd source the collection of data on locations where … Continue reading

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How and where patterns of activity among older adults change over time

At BEH, we’re interested in how your residential neighborhood affects how physically active you are. But we’ve come to understand that being active as not just one thing and not merely a matter of expending calories. That is, walking is … Continue reading

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Neighborhood Conditions Influence the Ability of Diabetics to Control Their Blood Sugar

In collaboration with researchers from the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene we recently published an article in the American Journal of Epidemiology showing that diabetics living in neighborhoods with more advantaged economic environments, greater walkability and … Continue reading

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