RESEARCH and STUDIES on HEALTH and FITNESS ISSUES
Following are some key resources on the relation of physical activity to good health, with an emphasis on trails and outdoor recreation.
Active Living Research supports research to identify environmental factors and policies with potential to substantially increase levels of physical activity:
Healthy Parks Healthy People: The Health Benefits of Contact with Nature in a Park Context; Parks Victoria (Australia), November 2002 :
How Land Use and Transportation Systems Impact Public Health: An Annotated Bibliography (pdf 636kb)
Does the Built Environment Influence Physical Activity? from Transportation Research Board
Development, Reliability and Validity Testing of the Path Environment Audit Tool, presented at Active Living Research Conference, 2005 (pdf 424kb)
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Updated March 17, 2007