Healthy Environments

I met Lucy Godfrey at the 2 Walk and Cycle conference in Palmerston North in July 2018.  Lucy works for Mott MacDonald in Auckland as a Senior Transport Planner and she previously worked in the UK for Transport for London.  I was inspired by her...

Cars are like plastic bags. They’re not bad in themselves, it is just that we use them too often and too much.  The crazy thing is that plenty of car trips in urban areas are short. (1) Short enough to walk or cycle.  Sometimes we...

This document discusses the findings from ANA's scan of the literature on active transport. Active transport is one way to increase physical activity. Active transport is well known to have environmental and economic benefits.  Cycling and walking provide substantial economic benefits for households. A key finding...

Kay Thomson, manager of strategic projects at Sport NZ shares her insightful blog with ANA. Did you wake up this morning wondering how you could get more people and populations more physically active?  If so, then you are reading the right article. Do you remember the 7th...

New WHO physical activity plan to help people around the world get out and active Health Minister Dr David Clark and Sport and Recreation Minister Grant Robertson welcome the World Health Organization’s new Global Action Plan on Physical Activity, announced in Geneva on 5 June, 2018. The...

The built environment influences behaviour, like physical activity, diet and sleep, which affects the risk of type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM). This study systematically reviewed and meta-analysed evidence on the association between built environmental characteristics related to lifestyle behaviour and T2DM risk/prevalence, worldwide. From 11,279 studies,...

How to get a nation walking: reach, retention, participant characteristics and program implications of Heart Foundation Walking, a nationwide Australian community-based walking program Authors: Kylie Ball, Gavin Abbott, Michelle Wilson, Melanie Chisholm and Shannon Sahlqvist International Journal of Behavioural Nutrition and Physical Activity201714:161   Abstract Background Community-based walking programs represent a low-cost, accessible approach to increasing physical...

International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity201714:164 Authors: Lucy Dubrelle Gunn Email author, Suzanne Mavoa, Claire Boulangé, Paula Hooper, Anne Kavanagh and Billie Giles-Corti Abstract: Evidence-based metrics are needed to inform urban policy to create healthy walkable communities. Most active living research has developed metrics of the environment around residential addresses, ignoring other important walking...