As important venues for physical activity, public parks contribute to the health and well-being of surrounding communities. The System for Observing Play and Recreation in Communities (SOPARC), a reliable and easy-to-use tool, enables park administrators to quantify park use and park-based physical activity.
We analysed observations from 31 neighbourhood parks, with each park mapped into smaller target areas for study, across five US cities generated using the System for Observing Play and Recreation in the Community (SOPARC).
Manufacturers could reinvigorate the market for personal health devices by incorporating measures of health and well-being beyond step counts. Wearables could gauge a neighborhood's air quality, safety, or its level of social connectedness.
This brief summarizes findings from case studies of three innovative nurse-designed care models, and it discusses lessons learned from these case studies that might inform our understanding of the health sector's role in building a Culture of Health.
This report presents case studies of three nurse-designed care models that help foster a culture of health -- an action framework that focuses on well-being and equity with the goal of empowering and supporting people to lead healthier lives.
This report draws on interviews with Culture of Health stakeholders whose work focused on culture, incentives, or both to learn how organizations are addressing and leveraging culture and incentives to promote health and well-being.
Dr. Pedro José Greer, Jr. channels his compassion for those in need into philanthropic support to help RAND address health issues and disparities. He has been involved in RAND's health policy work for nearly 30 years, serving in advisory and leadership roles.
This report describes a contextual database of demographic, social, economic, housing, cultural, and urbanization measures for U.S. census tracts, counties, and metropolitan statistical areas for use in research.
Perceptions of a neighborhood's characteristics, such as safety, were associated with sleep quality among low-income African-American adults. But objective characteristics, such as crime rates, were not.
School characteristics in the fifth and eighth grades showed little additional influence on the racial and ethnic disparities in body mass index observed at school entry in a longitudinal study of elementary and middle school students.
Neighborhood by neighborhood, a few dozen jobs at a time, two celebrity chefs are tackling complex and persistent public policy problems. They could succeed in their own way in communities where generations of government programs and charity have had limited impact.
Although it is critically important for adults and seniors to engage in physical activity, most neighborhood parks have few programmed activities targeted to those groups. Adding enhancements such as walking loops could attract more visitors.