Research Database

34 results for "Active Living Research"

The Relationship Between Outdoor Activity and Health in Older Adults

  • Added on June 14, 2012

Background Humans have an innate connection and attraction to nature, often referred to as ‘biophilia.’ Exposure to nature has been reported to have a positive impact on health, and several studies have documented that engaging in physical activity outdoors improves mental health and well being. Exact mechanisms remain unknown but ...

Schoolyard Physical Activity on 6 Schools in Denmark – Using GPS, Accelerometry and GIS

  • Added on March 13, 2012

Background Schools provide a unique setting for the promotion of physical activity (PA) in children through structured physical education, recesses, extracurricular sports and promotion of community activities. Because recesses may contribute up to 40% of moderate/vigorous activity, approaches that increase activity during recess are of interest. A number of recent ...

Psychometric Properties of Two Physical Activity Questionnaires, the AQuAA and the PASE, in Cancer Patients

  • Added on March 16, 2011

This study aimed to evaluate the reliability and validity of two self-report physical activity (PA) questionnaires - the AQuAA (Activity Questionnaire for Adults and Adolescents) and PASE (Physical Activity Scale for the Elderly) - in cancer patients. Methods Test-retest reliability was determined by administering the questionnaires twice within 5 days. Intraclass ...

Investigating the Impact of a Smart Growth Community on Children’s Physical Activity Contexts Using Ecological Momentary Assessment

  • Presented on 03/01/2011

Background Smart growth (SG) urban planning strategies (e.g., preservation of open space, integration of mixed land uses, establishment of compact building design, creation of walkable neighborhoods) may increase physical activity and prevent obesity in children. However, little is known about whether and how frequently children living in SG communities ...

GIS Environmental Determinants of Objectively Measured Physical Activity and Intervention Uptake in Children

  • Presented on 03/01/2011

Background Although physical activity fosters healthy development among children (such as reducing obesity and type 2 diabetes risk as well as promoting positive mental well-being), less than half of children meet national physical activity guidelines. The accumulating research indicates that neighborhood environmental characteristics (e.g. access to walking destinations and community ...