Examining the impact of neighborhood design on 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. The purpose of this project is to examine the effects of neighborhood design characteristics on the physical activity of residents. Specifically, this study examines levels of physical activity among a group of low-income, primarily African-American southern women and their children before and after they move from their original, primarily urban neighborhoods, to one of two types of communities--a neotraditional neighborhood or a conventional suburban neighborhood. It examines if neighborhood physical design affects physical activity and, if so, which aspects of neighborhood design are most salient and what variables play a mediating role.

Grant Details

Amount Awarded $100,000.00

Awarded on: 1/14/2004

Time frame: 1/15/2004 - 2/28/2007

Grant Number: 50311


Cornell University College of Human Ecology

142 Martha Van Rensselaer Hall
Ithaca, 14853-4401


Nancy M. Wells
Project Director