A Community-Based GIS Approach for Promoting Physical Activity: Case Study in Southeast Michigan

Authors: Xining Yang*, Eastern Michigan University, Meng Hu, Eastern Michigan University, Tsu-Yin Wu, Eastern Michigan University
Topics: Geography and Urban Health, Geographic Information Science and Systems, Applied Geography
Keywords: GIS, Physical Activity, Safe Route to School, Health Geography
Session Type: Poster
Day: 4/5/2019
Start / End Time: 9:55 AM / 11:35 AM
Room: Lincoln 2, Marriott, Exhibition Level
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Regular physical activities including walking are important and excellent to overall health. Adults who are regularly physically active will have lower risk of several diseases and it will also help maintaining or losing weight, improving sleep. Reports from recent research in health geography noted the significant association between neighborhood and community built environment, levels of physical activities, and body weight in study population. Sponsored by CDC-REACH project, a community-based participatory GIS program has been established for promoting physical activity in a school district in southeast Michigan. A framework of the program will be elaborated and partners that are involved in the coalition have been identified. A pilot study designed for year one Safe Route to School (SRTS) project will also be introduced. GIS has been applied as a platform to manage and organize multiple baseline data and provide and estimate for the built environment measure. Spatial analysis of the neighborhood walkability and accessibility will also be conducted to provide graphical insight for pilot SRTS site selection and identify the potential routes that have the greatest coverage of students. A variety of volunteered geographic information (VGI) will be collected from local residents to provide contextual information to the built environment, which will provide helpful input to the transportation and land use planning stakeholder.

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