Special Issue "Environmental Supports and Physical Activity among Youth"

A special issue of International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health (ISSN 1660-4601). This special issue belongs to the section "Children's Health".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (30 September 2020).

Special Issue Editor

Dr. Julian A. Reed
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Professor of Health Sciences, Furman University, Greenville, SC, USA
Interests: built environment (e.g., parks and trails) and physical activity; cognitive benefits of physical activity and fitness; interventions; measurement of physical activity

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues

This Special Issue in the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health is devoted to recent findings on “Environmental Supports and Physical Activity”, with a specific focus on children and youth. This Issue will make a substantial contribution to the knowledge base toward a better understanding of how built and physical environments/settings are potential barriers and/or determinants of youth physical activity behaviors. Insight into this important area can better inform policy makers on what to consider when developing/designing new environments for activity. A wide range of topics will be included in this Issue, related to but not limited to varying environmental supports, such as playgrounds, parks, park amenities (e.g., playing fields, courts, aquatic facilities), trails located in parks, paved recreational trails, natural surface trails, hiking trails, greenspaces, sidewalks, paths connecting neighborhoods, street lighting, presence of trees, fitness centers, etc., and their impact on physical activity and the physical/social emotional wellbeing of children and youth.

Dr. Julian A. Reed
Guest Editor

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Neighborhood Socioeconomic Deprivation Associated with Fat Mass and Weight Status in Youth
Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2020, 17(17), 6421; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph17176421 - 03 Sep 2020
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(1) Background: Few studies have examined the relationship between neighborhood socioeconomic deprivation (SED) and weight-related outcomes in youth, controlling for weight-related behaviors. Hence, the purpose of this study was to examine the association between neighborhood SED, weight status, and fat mass in a [...] Read more.
(1) Background: Few studies have examined the relationship between neighborhood socioeconomic deprivation (SED) and weight-related outcomes in youth, controlling for weight-related behaviors. Hence, the purpose of this study was to examine the association between neighborhood SED, weight status, and fat mass in a diverse sample of youth, before and after controlling for physical activity and diet. (2) Methods: The sample included 828 youth from the Transitions and Activity Changes in Kids study. Neighborhood SED was expressed as an index score at the census tract of residence. Height, weight, and body composition were measured and used to calculate fat mass index (FMI) and weight status. Moderate-to-vigorous physical activity (MVPA) and sedentary behavior (min/h) were measured via accelerometry. Diet quality was assessed via the Block Food Screener for Kids. Multilevel regression models were employed to examine these relationships. (3) Results: Neighborhood SED was significantly associated with FMI and weight status before and after controlling for MVPA, sedentary behavior, and diet. Notably, youth residing in the most deprived neighborhoods had significantly higher FMI and were 30% more likely to be overweight/obese (OR = 1.30; 95% CI = 1.03–1.65). (4) Conclusions: Greater neighborhood SED was consistently and significantly associated with higher fat mass index and increased likelihood of overweight/obesity among youth. Full article
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Built Environment and Childhood Weight Status: A Multi-Level Study Using Population-Based Data in the City of Hannover, Germany
Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2020, 17(8), 2694; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph17082694 - 14 Apr 2020
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In recent years, built environmental characteristics have been linked to childhood overweight, but the results remain inconsistent across studies. The present study examines associations between several built environmental features and body weight status (BMI) z-score among a large sample of preschool children in [...] Read more.
In recent years, built environmental characteristics have been linked to childhood overweight, but the results remain inconsistent across studies. The present study examines associations between several built environmental features and body weight status (BMI) z-score among a large sample of preschool children in the city of Hannover, Germany. Walkability (Index), green space availability, and playground availability related to preschool children’s home environments were measured using data from OpenStreetMap (OSM). These built environment characteristics were linked to the data from the 2010–2014 school entry examinations in the Hannover city (n = 22,678), and analysed using multilevel linear regression models to examine associations between the built environment features and the BMI z-score of these children (4–8 years old). No significant associations of built environmental factors on children’s BMI were detected, but the effect between green space availability and BMI was modified by the parental educational level. In children with lower compared to higher educated parents, a higher spatial availability of greenspace was significantly associated with reduced body weight. Future research should continue to monitor the disparities in diverse built environment features and how these are related to children’s health. Full article
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Environmental Mismatch: Do Associations between the Built Environment and Physical Activity among Youth Depend on Concordance with Perceptions?
Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2020, 17(4), 1309; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph17041309 - 18 Feb 2020
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Without accurate awareness of features within the built environment, the availability of a supportive built environment alone may not be sufficient to influence physical activity levels. We examined the moderating effects of concordance/discordance between selected objective and perceived built environment features in the [...] Read more.
Without accurate awareness of features within the built environment, the availability of a supportive built environment alone may not be sufficient to influence physical activity levels. We examined the moderating effects of concordance/discordance between selected objective and perceived built environment features in the relationship between objective built environment features and physical activity. Cross-sectional data from 465 youth aged 12–20 years from 18 schools in Melbourne, Australia were used. The relationship between trails and physical activity differed by concordance/discordance. There were positive relationships among those with concordant perceptions, but no significant differences for those with discordant perceptions. At least for trails, environmental interventions designed to enhance physical activity may be less effective if efforts are not made to enhance individuals’ awareness of their environment. Full article
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