Identifying environmental factors and policies that influence physical activity

The Foundation's Active Living Research program was designed to support investigator-initiated research to identify and assess structural, environmental, and policy changes with the potential to increase population levels of physical activity.This grant provides support for a study that measure trail traffic at approximately 25 locations on 6 trails in diverse neighborhoods in Indianapolis, Indiana, using infrared trail monitors, remote video technology, and field observations. The study will focus on policy variables such as the mix of contiguous land uses, tree canopy cover along the trail, and the availability of parking and rest facilities at access sites. Residents will be surveyed about use of trails, patterns of physical activity, and health and socioeconomic status. The researchers will then model trail use as a function of the socio-demographic characteristics of users, neighborhood characteristics, distance and accessibility to trails, characteristics of access sites, and physical characteristics of trail segments.

Grant Details

Amount Awarded $149,948.00

Awarded on: 11/24/2003

Time frame: 12/1/2003 - 11/30/2006

Grant Number: 50037


Indiana University School of Public and Environmental Affairs

Greg H. Lindsey
Project Director