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Understanding environmental influences on nutrition and physical activity behaviors: where should we look and what should we count?

Ball, Kylie, Timperio, Anna and Crawford, David 2006, Understanding environmental influences on nutrition and physical activity behaviors: where should we look and what should we count?, International journal of behavioral nutrition and physical activity, vol. 3, no. 33, pp. 1-8.

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Title Understanding environmental influences on nutrition and physical activity behaviors: where should we look and what should we count?
Author(s) Ball, Kylie
Timperio, Anna
Crawford, David
Journal name International journal of behavioral nutrition and physical activity
Volume number 3
Issue number 33
Start page 1
End page 8
Publisher BioMed Central
Place of publication London, England
Publication date 2006
ISSN 1479-5868
Summary Research interest in the influence of environmental factors on nutrition and physical activity behaviors has surged internationally in recent years. This is evident from a rapidly expanding literature and facilitated by advances in methodological and analytical approaches to assessing multiple levels of influence on health behaviors. However, a number of conceptual challenges complicate research endeavours in this field. The purpose of this paper is to provide a 'state of the science' overview of evidence regarding environmental influences on nutrition and physical activity behaviors. We focus particularly on a number of key conceptual and methodological issues, including: a consideration of how the environment is defined; the selection and operationalization of environmental exposures; and the importance of integrating existing understanding of individual influences on behavior with the emerging data on the role of the environment. We draw on examples from the published literature including our own research studies to illustrate these issues. We conclude by proposing a research agenda to progress understanding of the influences of the environment on population nutrition and physical activity behaviors.
Notes This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0), which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.
Language eng
Field of Research 111712 Health Promotion
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2006, Ball et al
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