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The Relationship of Regular Physical Activity and the Environment with Overall Physical and Mental Health

A special issue of International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health (ISSN 1660-4601). This special issue belongs to the section "Exercise and Health-Related Quality of Life".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 3 January 2025 | Viewed by 177

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Department of Kinesiology, The Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA 16802, USA
Interests: health disparities; active transportation; walking; bicycling; environment; physical activity; health outcomes

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The World Health Organization has documented the positive impact of physical activity on chronic disease morbidity and mortality, quality of life, and mental as well as physical well-being across the lifespan. Despite the notable benefits, participation rates across the globe remain less than optimal, with many populations not engaging in enough physical activity to gain these benefits. Within a social ecological framework there are many noteworthy influences on participation; however, environmental influences have widespread implications for population-level health. Built and natural environments can provide support or represent barriers to regular physical activity participation for many populations. This Special Issue invites quality research about the relationship between physical activity, the environment, and health outcomes. We aim to highlight innovative studies of all kinds (e.g., quantitative, qualitative, observational, and interventions) that examine this relationship in different settings and populations. Papers addressing these topics are invited for this review, especially those considering the social determinants of health and notable inequities.  

Prof. Dr. Melissa Bopp
Guest Editor

Manuscript Submission Information

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  • physical activity
  • physical health
  • mental health
  • environment
  • social ecological model
  • health inequities

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