Policy, Practice or Research Impacts:
This was the first study to investigate how functional status moderates the association between the built environment and physical activity in older adults. Few other studies have examined the effect of the built environment on physical activity in older adults. Such research can inform community design and planning to encourage increased activity for the large number of aging Americans.
Health Research for Action, UC Berkeley
Research Publications and Reports:
Satariano WA, Ivey SL, Kurtovich E, Kealey M, Hubbard AE, Bayles CM, Bryant LL, Hunter RH, Prohaska TR. Lower-body function, neighborhoods, and walking in an older population. Am J Prev Med. 2010 Apr;38(4):419-28. PubMed PMID: 20307811.
Prohaska TR, Eisenstein AR, Satariano WA, Hunter R, Bayles CM, Kurtovich E, Kealey M, Ivey SL. Walking and the preservation of cognitive function in older populations. Gerontologist 2009 Jun;49 Suppl 1:S86-93. PubMed PMID: 19525221.
CDC, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation's Active Living Research program