Influence of Park Design on Physical Activity among Youth

Using Delaware Park, a signature park designed by Frederick Law Olmsted, as a site of inquiry, this study examines the role of park design on the type, location, and intensity of physical activity among children. Subjects include children between the ages of 8 and 15 years who live within one mile of Delaware park. Intensity of physical activity was measured using an accelerometer and location of physical activity was measured using a global positioning system (GPS).

Investigators: James Roemmich, PhD (USDA; formerly with Division of Behavioral Medicine, UB), Samina Raja, PhD (Urban and Regional Planning, UB), Li Yin, PhD (Urban and Regional Planning, UB) and Leonard H Epstein, PhD (Division of Behavioral Medicine, UB)

Sponsors: Robert Wood Johnson Foundation