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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2015, 12(5), 4833-4858; doi:10.3390/ijerph120504833

A Scoping Review of Observational Studies Examining Relationships between Environmental Behaviors and Health Behaviors

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Department of Health Sciences, University of York, Heslington York YO10 5DD, UK
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Environment Department, University of York, Heslington York YO10 5DD, UK
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Academic Editor: Paul B. Tchounwou
Received: 5 March 2015 / Revised: 20 April 2015 / Accepted: 23 April 2015 / Published: 5 May 2015
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Abstract

Individual lifestyles are key drivers of both environmental change and chronic disease. We undertook a scoping review of peer-reviewed studies which examined associations between environmental and health behaviors of individuals in high-income countries. We searched EconLit, Medline, BIOSIS and the Social Science Citation Index. A total of 136 studies were included. The majority were USA-based cross-sectional studies using self-reported measures. Most of the evidence related to travel behavior, particularly active travel (walking and cycling) and physical activity (92 studies) or sedentary behaviors (19 studies). Associations of public transport use with physical activity were examined in 18 studies, and with sedentary behavior in one study. Four studies examined associations between car use and physical activity. A small number included other environmental behaviors (food-related behaviors (n = 14), including organic food, locally-sourced food and plate waste) and other health behaviors ((n = 20) smoking, dietary intake, alcohol). These results suggest that research on individual environmental and health behaviors consists largely of studies examining associations between travel mode and levels of physical activity. There appears to be less research on associations between other behaviors with environmental and health impacts, and very few longitudinal studies in any domain. View Full-Text
Keywords: lifestyle; pro-environmental behavior; health-related behavior; active travel; public transport use; physical activity; consumption lifestyle; pro-environmental behavior; health-related behavior; active travel; public transport use; physical activity; consumption
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Hutchinson, J.; Prady, S.L.; Smith, M.A.; White, P.C.L.; Graham, H.M. A Scoping Review of Observational Studies Examining Relationships between Environmental Behaviors and Health Behaviors. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2015, 12, 4833-4858.

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