Community-based active living interventions may help residents meet activity guidelines, according to this pre/post-intervention analysis of adults and teens in Somerville, Mass. This study also compares Somerville’s activity levels to those of a nearby equivalent city.
The Active Living by Design (ALbD) initiative funded 25 community partnerships across the U.S. from 2003-2008; these partnerships were charged with using five “community action” strategies to change environments and policies to make it easier for people to lead active daily lives. Somerville, Mass. received an ALbD grant. The separately-funded study at hand compares activity among Somerville adults and teens pre and post-ALbD intervention. It also compares activity levels of Somerville adults and teens with those of their peers in the comparable nearby city of Everett, Mass. Data was self-reported on surveys administered in both Everett and Somerville pre- and post- Somerville’s ALbD interventions.
This study adds to the evidence that community-wide active living initiatives can increase physical activity, and points to future directions in related research.