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Precision medicine and healthy living: The importance of the built environment

Hills, AP ORCID: 0000-0002-7787-7201, Farpour-Lambert, NJ and Byrne, NM ORCID: 0000-0001-5310-6640 2019 , 'Precision medicine and healthy living: The importance of the built environment' , Progress in Cardiovascular Diseases, vol. 62, no. 1 , pp. 34-38 , doi: 10.1016/j.pcad.2018.12.013.

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Abstract

The built environment encompasses the major physical spaces, including buildings, streets, homes, schools, parks, playgrounds and other infrastructure in which we live, work and play. In an ideal world, the built environment should support and facilitate a healthy engagement in physical activity across the lifespan. However, in the context of an environment characterized by increased mechanization and urbanization, physical inactivity and higher levels of overweight and obesity, too many settings are not conducive to physical activity and/or are not safe and walkable. In the knowledge that there are multiple challenges to redress the low levels of physical activity seen in many parts of the world, this paper provides some examples of opportunities for healthy living (HL) in a built environment characteristic of an increasingly urbanized world. Particular foci include opportunities for HL fostered in child-friendly cities, in which walkability is high, and active transport is encouraged and supported.

Item Type: Article
Authors/Creators:Hills, AP and Farpour-Lambert, NJ and Byrne, NM
Keywords: built environment, healthy living, physical activity, walkability
Journal or Publication Title: Progress in Cardiovascular Diseases
Publisher: W.B. Saunders Co.
ISSN: 0033-0620
DOI / ID Number: 10.1016/j.pcad.2018.12.013
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