Supplement to the obesity and built environment study on overweight adolescents

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 supplemental funds for a study originally funded by the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) focusing on obesity and the built environment. The research team for this Obesity and the Built Environment (OBE) supplemental grant will evaluate the influence of community characteristics and the built environment on adolescent overweight in 26 communities scattered across Vermont and New Hampshire. The project will expand the set of observational measures used in the initial study to include features from the community level, parks and playgrounds, and trails. Data will be collected using observational measures that were produced from Active Living Research-supported projects, including the Irvine Minnesota Inventory, Physical Activity Resource Assessment (PARA) instrument, and the Path Environmental Audit Tool (PEAT). The additional observational measures will increase the number of community measures of the built environment.

Grant Details

Amount Awarded $51,074.00

Awarded on: 6/27/2006

Time frame: 7/1/2006 - 12/31/2009

Grant Number: 58124


Dartmouth College Geisel School of Medicine

1 Rope Ferry Road
Hanover, 03755-1404


Madeline A. Dalton
Project Director