The ALR 2015 conference will be held February 22 - 25, 2015 at the Paradise Point Hotel in San Diego, CA.
The Challenge: There is evidence that walkable neighborhoods and parks and open spaces can improve physical activity levels. The economic impact of these attributes can play an important role in policy makers’ decisions about zoning, restrictions on land-uses, government purchase of lands for parks and similar initiatives.
Make an impact: In addition to providing opportunities for physical activity, recreation areas and parks located in metropolitan areas provide economic benefits to residents, municipal governments and private real estate developers.
What the findings are about: This research synthesis reviews research on the different ways that walkability, parks, and open spaces can bring economic benefits to a community.
An abbreviated fact sheet is available that highlights the research synthesis' main findings.
Active Living Research translates and disseminates evidence to advocates, policy-makers and practitioners aimed at preventing childhood obesity and promoting active communities.