Behavioral Science Perspectives on Designing the Environment to Promote Child Health

  • McKane E. Sharff
  • Elissa Gerfen
  • Kenneth P. Tercyak
Part of the Springer Optimization and Its Applications book series (SOIA, volume 56)


In general, there is a need for large, well-integrated studies that both assess environmental characteristics and measure health outcomes in children. Results from these studies would demonstrate to policymakers the positive impact of thoughtful community design and comprehensive multilevel interventions on child health outcomes. This is essential for both the design of new health-promoting communities and the revitalization of existing communities.


Physical Activity Ecological Model Obesity Prevention Health Impact Assessment Multilevel Approach 
These keywords were added by machine and not by the authors. This process is experimental and the keywords may be updated as the learning algorithm improves.



Preparation of this chapter was supported by National Institutes of Health grant (HG002686) to Dr. Tercyak.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • McKane E. Sharff
    • 1
  • Elissa Gerfen
    • 1
  • Kenneth P. Tercyak
    • 1
  1. 1.Cancer Control Program, Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer CenterGeorgetown University Medical CenterWashingtonUSA

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