July 8, 2015
- In summer 2015, the Change4Life campaign will focus on promoting physical activity to children aged 5 – 11 years. more >
September 23, 2014
- Walking or cycling to work is better for people's mental health than driving to work, according to new research by health economists at the University of East Anglia and the Centre for Diet and Activity Research (CEDAR). more >
April 23, 2013
- People who live in urban areas with more green space tend to report greater well-being than city dwellers who don’t have parks, gardens, or other green space nearby, according to new research published in Psychological Science, a journal of the Association for Psychological Science. more >
Melbourne, like many cities around the world, is in the midst of reshaping its central city landscape. However, there are concerns, particularly in Australia, that “contemporary strategic planning has almost become child-blind, with the new higher density centres being built essentially for the childless in mind” (Randolph, 2006, p. 5). The ‘Vertical Living Kids’ research project interviewed children aged 8–12 to elicit their views on local environments. Public housing children had high levels of independent mobility, but low levels of satisfaction with local play spaces.
September 3, 2012
- Eric Jaffe, writing in www.theatlanticcities.com, describes a new piece of work from Finland. ... more >
March 29, 2011
- Place making is critical to improving the wellbeing and competiveness of cities and city regions, particularly during a period of fiscal austerity, concludes a new report by the Centre for Housing Research at the University of St Andrews and the Smith Institute. more >
July 2, 2009
- The Sustainable Development Commission has unveiled a range of 'breakthrough' ideas which could transform the UK into a sustainable society. more >
June 12, 2009
- Lessons from a French programme which has cut childhood obesity by almost a quarter in participating towns are to be trialled in eight towns, villages and cities in Scotland.
The pilot Healthy Weight Communities have been inspired by French projects showing participating towns curbed childhood obesity and maternal weight gain over eight years, while "control" towns saw both rise. more >
This document demonstrates that, for people to be healthy, the environment around us must be health-enhancing and provide opportunities for living a healthy life.
It acknowledges that the evidence base is incomplete, but concludes that research findings to date about the health impact of the outdoor environment are sufficient to warrant action. To improve health and reduce health inequalities it is vital to ensure that the natural environment is protected and enhanced, and that communities are built and maintained with activity and sustainability in mind.
A survey commissioned by Play England for Playday, an initiative designed to celebrate the right of children to play outside, highlights that children want and need to play in their local streets.
The research undertaken for this report across six different neighbourhoods suggests that the government’s ambitions to improve the wellbeing of children, and its aim to create sustainable communities, will fall short unless the needs of children and young people in their everyday environment are taken seriously by all those designing, delivering and managing the public realm.
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