Format

Send to

Choose Destination
Fam Community Health. 2010 Jan-Mar;33(1):68-78. doi: 10.1097/FCH.0b013e3181c4e2e5.

A systematic review of built environment and health.

Author information

1
James Madison University, Department of Nursing, Harrisonburg, Virginia 22807, USA. renaldak@jmu.edu

Abstract

The built environment can be considered a foundation for health and wellness. This structure, whether it be neighborhood layout or safe walking trails, impacts decisions relating to individual and community health outcomes. This review compiled the published research that examined the relationship between built environment and health. Findings from the 23 articles reviewed indicate that neighborhoods that are characterized as more walkable, either leisure-oriented or destination-driven, are associated with increased physical activity, increased social capital, lower overweight, lower reports of depression, and less reported alcohol abuse.

PMID:
20010006
DOI:
10.1097/FCH.0b013e3181c4e2e5
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

Supplemental Content

Full text links

Icon for Wolters Kluwer
Loading ...
Support Center