Testing associations between physical activity and the urban built environment
Principal Investigator - Daniel A. Rodriguez, Ph.D.

Rodriguez and a team of researchers from the University of North Carolina are studying residents of four diverse neighborhoods in Montgomery County, Maryland, to see how neighborhood form influences their decisions about physical activity and travel.

These researchers are hoping to discover how neighborhood walkability influences overall activity levels and where residents are physically active. The team is combining rich data sources available from Montgomery County and direct observation to classify neighborhoods and develop measures of the built environment. These measures include density, land use mix, street connectivity, and others.

Four hundred participants from these four neighborhoods are being interviewed, wearing accelerometers, and filling out activity diaries so researchers can determine how much time they spend being physically active, and where they are active.

Information for study participants from Montgomery County...

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Daniel Rodriguez, Principal Investigator
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