Physical Environment and Activity Relationships in adolescents

Lead investigator
Dr. Angie Page, University of Bristol

There is strong evidence that time spent outdoors is an important public health outcome.This study builds on work carried out in thePEACH Project, which investigated the personal and environmental influences on physical activity in children.

Aims & objectives
To determine which features of the physical environment relate to time spent in physical activity in different locations. To determine the validity and reliability of subjective self-report exposure measures of the environment to provide tools suitable for wider population health research and policy.
Study design
  • Investigate how different features of the physical environment relate to the time that 13-15 year olds spend engaged in physical activity.
  • Use Geographic Information System, combined with objective measures of where people go (Global Positioning System) and an objective measure of physical activity (accelerometer) to determine where and when adolescents from both urban and rural settings are most and least active.
  • Identify features of the environment which relate to the time spent being active in these different locations.
Further information & publications
Start date
March 2011
End date