Neighborhoods

  • Pedestrians in a region of the South Bronx that has seen a deadly outbreak of Legionnaires' disease in New York August 7, 2015

    Commentary

    Control Disease in a New York Minute

    Legionella bacteria are ubiquitous in many warm-water environments, but outbreaks of Legionnaires' disease like the recent one in the South Bronx don't have to be. Effective public health policies can help inhibit Legionella growth, minimize the occurrence and impact of outbreaks, and save lives.

    Aug 20, 2015

  • Woman holding a bag of groceries

    Journal Article

    Defining the Neighborhood Food Environment

    Many definitions of the neighborhood food environment are misaligned with individual travel patterns. Neighborhood environments defined by actual travel activity may provide more insight on how the food environment influences dietary and food shopping choices.

    Aug 12, 2015

  • Man in bed looking at a tablet

    Commentary

    Sleepless in the City

    An alarming number of American city dwellers face sleepless nights, followed inevitably by days of productivity-sapping fatigue and, ultimately, the possibility of more serious health consequences. There are some things they can do to better their chances of falling and staying asleep.

    Jul 17, 2015

  • Customers in line at a food truck

    Essay

    Putting Health to the (Taste) Test

    Researchers teamed up with a dozen Los Angeles lunch trucks to test healthier menu items—chicken breasts and grilled fish alongside the usual tacos and hamburgers.

    Jul 1, 2015

  • Group of people exercising outside

    Content

    Healthy Populations and Communities: In Depth

    In-depth look at the topic of healthy populations and communities, with emphasis on related RAND Health research.

    Jun 12, 2015

  • Elderly Hispanic Man

    Journal Article

    Neighbourhood Racial/Ethnic Composition and Segregation and Trajectories of Cognitive Decline Among U.S. Older Adults

    This study demonstrates disparities in the progression of cognitive ageing according to racial/ethnic characteristics of the neighbourhood environment.

    Jun 3, 2015

  • Journal Article

    Influence of the Built Environment on Pedestrian Route Choices of Adolescent Girls

    We examined the influence of the built environment on pedestrian route selection among adolescent girls.

    May 29, 2015

  • Woman consulting shopping list in grocery store

    Journal Article

    Using a Grocery List Is Associated with a Healthier Diet and Lower BMI Among Very High-Risk Adults

    Shopping with a list may be a useful tool for low-income individuals to improve diet or decrease body mass index.

    May 12, 2015

  • A group of people rally together

    Tool

    Community Resilience: LEARN and TELL Toolkit

    The LEARN and TELL Community Resilience Toolkit teaches people about community resilience so that they can teach others and—ultimately—help their communities remain strong in the face of economic downturns, violence, weather-related disasters, and other community stressors.

    Apr 22, 2015

  • African American man shopping for produce

    Journal Article

    A Natural Experiment Opportunity in Two Low-Income Urban Food Desert Communities: Research Design, Community Engagement Methods, and Baseline Results

    A growing body of evidence has highlighted an association between a lack of access to nutritious, affordable food (e.g., through full-service grocery stores [FSGs]), poor diet, and increased risk for obesity.

    Apr 14, 2015

  • News Release

    No Evidence That Los Angeles Fast-Food Curbs Have Improved Diets or Cut Obesity

    A Los Angeles ordinance designed to curb obesity in low-income areas by restricting the opening of new fast-food restaurants has failed to reduce fast-food consumption or obesity. Since the restrictions were passed in 2008, overweight and obesity rates in neighborhoods targeted by the law have increased faster than in other parts of the city or other parts of the county.

    Mar 19, 2015

  • Customers holding fast food in South Los Angeles in August 2008 said they weren't planning to give it up

    Journal Article

    LA Fast-Food Ban Did Not Improve Diets or Cut Obesity

    A Los Angeles ordinance designed to curb obesity in low-income areas by restricting the opening of new fast-food restaurants has failed to reduce fast-food consumption or obesity. Since the restrictions were passed in 2008, overweight and obesity rates in neighborhoods targeted by the law have increased faster than in other parts of the city or other parts of the county.

    Mar 17, 2015

  • African-American woman looking down

    Journal Article

    Depression May Increase Obesity Risk

    Significant links were found between depression, poor nutrition, and obesity in a low-income, primarily African-American “food desert” in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Mental health interventions may have broader benefits in this population.

    Mar 11, 2015

  • Journal Article

    Promotoras as Data Collectors in a Large Study of Physical Activity in Parks

    There is a large literature on promotores' involvement in health promotion and a smaller literature on their roles in data collection, most often among predominantly Latino populations.

    Feb 10, 2015

  • Dad pushing on on bike

    Content

    Environment and Neighborhood Effects

    RAND Health research on environment and neighborhood effects on health.

    Jan 9, 2015

  • Couple jogging in park

    Content

    Healthy Populations and Communities

    RAND Health research on healthy populations and communities, including substance use, workplace wellness, obesity, and environment and neighborhood effects.

    Jan 2, 2015

  • A blurry convenience store aisle

    Commentary

    A New Year's Resolution: Target Practices That Undermine Weight Control

    Many will vow to lose weight in the coming year, but most will inevitably fail, not from lack of motivation or knowledge but from insuperable forces undermining their best intentions. America should resolve to address obesity where it begins: the point of purchase.

    Dec 29, 2014

  • The view from a shopping cart at a grocery store

    Journal Article

    Improved Access May Not Be the Key to Addressing Food Deserts

    As part of the ongoing battle to fight obesity in the U.S., current policies are aimed at improving access to healthy foods, especially in neighborhoods designated as food deserts. However, research indicates proximity to full-service supermarkets was unrelated to weight or dietary quality.

    Dec 9, 2014

  • Woman running in a park

    Report

    Measuring the Contribution of Public Parks to Physical Activity and Health

    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.

    Dec 2, 2014

  • Ruben's Tacos, Taco Grande Menu Item

    Project

    Eating Well with Loncheras

    This bilingual site provides information on Eating Well with Loncheras, a pilot program led by Deborah Cohen to help up to twenty Loncheras food trucks in the Los Angeles area offer healthier, alternative meal options to improve the health and well-being of the Latino community.

    Nov 18, 2014

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