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Neighbourhood Structure and Health Promotion

pp 117-126

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Access to Health-Promoting Facilities and Amenities

  • Anne EllawayAffiliated withMRC Social and Public Health Sciences Unit, University of Glasgow Email author 
  • , Neil FergusonAffiliated withDepartment of Civil Engineering, University of Strathclyde
  • , Karen LambAffiliated withMRC Social and Public Health Sciences Unit, University of Glasgow
  • , David OgilvieAffiliated withUKCRC Centre for Diet and Activity Research (CEDAR), Institute of Public Health

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Abstract

This chapter provides a brief overview of the existing literature on the importance of the built environment to obesity and examines how local facilities, such as physical activity amenities, are distributed across different sorts of neighbourhoods. The issue of access to these facilities using different forms of transport (walking, cycling, bus or car) is explored using data from a Scotland wide study.