Studying the effect of neighborhood and school environments on youth physical activity levels

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 how the physical and social environments of neighborhoods and schools likely influence patterns of participation in low- and moderate-intensity physical activity of youth. This multilevel observational study supplements accelerometer physical activity data from a random sample of 251 students in 10 neighborhoods with data characterizing neighborhoods, schools, and weather. Associations between school and neighborhood environmental variables and relevant time- and context-specific objective and self-report physical activity behaviors will be examined.

Grant Details

Amount Awarded $100,000.00

Awarded on: 1/27/2004

Time frame: 2/1/2004 - 12/31/2006

Grant Number: 50376


Harvard University T. H. Chan School of Public Health

677 Huntington Avenue
Boston, 02115-6028


Angie Lynn Irwin Cradock
Project Director