Self-reported data showed only minor differences in physical activity across the Netherlands, England, and US. However, accelerometer data showed that Americans were significantly less active than the Dutch or English.
African Americans are still disproportionately affected by lower levels of physical activity and higher levels of obesity; social networks and social support are critical for engaging this community in physical activity.
Despite similar proximity to parks and controlling for a range of individual, park- and neighborhood-level factors, women in high-poverty neighborhoods experience consistent disparities in park use and PA as compared with men.
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.
Military occupations can be physically demanding, yet few attempts have been made to determine the physical readiness of today's airmen to perform their jobs. A methodology for establishing physical fitness standards for four Air Force occupational specialties can help the Air Force measure the physical readiness of airmen.
Two in three Americans are overweight or obese. There are many popular theories about what's causing the obesity epidemic, but many are not supported by data. What's clear is that most U.S. adults eat too many calories.
Health-related posts and conversations on Twitter shed light on the public's views on obesity, exercise and fitness, safe sex, alcohol, and mental health. Will such discussion increase in communities where health and wellness programs are put in place?
Most neighborhood parks are underutilized, especially in the mornings and on weekdays. But with a modest amount of redesign, investment, and marketing, parks could lead more people to engage in routine physical activity.
This report summarizes more than a decade of research on how well neighborhood parks in Los Angeles support physical activity. Between 2003 and 2015, researchers observed 83 parks and fielded nearly 28,000 surveys of park users and local residents.