Navigation Links
Geographic information systems demonstrate links between health and location
Date:4/9/2012

physical activity and the availability of healthy food options were strongly related to childhood obesity.

In a second study, the researchers used GIS-based measures to determine the 'walkability' and proximity to healthy food of certain neighborhoods in the San Diego and Seattle regions. The study recommends that such measures be used to study physical activity, nutrition and obesity outcomes.

In a paper titled "Obesogenic Environments in Youth: Concepts and Methods from a Longitudinal National Sample," Janne Boone-Heinonen and colleagues describe the challenges inherent to longitudinal neighborhood environment research, as well as the insights they gained and the advances and remaining gaps in study design. The researchers note that understanding which neighborhood environment features influence weight gain in various age groups is essential to effectively prevent and reduce childhood obesity.

Two commentaries included in the theme issue examine the ways that computer-based GIS systemswhich transform geospatial data into visual representations of the real worldcan help prevent childhood obesity. "Thinking About Place, Spatial Behavior, and Spatial Process in Childhood Obesity" by Stephen A. Matthews, outlines the content of the theme, concluding that although GIS is not a panacea, it "offers an important means of better understanding and dealing with some of the most pressing problems of our time, and provides valuable tools for researchers and policymakers alike."

The second commentary, providing a perspective from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, notes that while GIS is still in the relatively early stages of application in the field, it might one day enhance understanding of the complex and dynamic connections between people, their health and their physical and social environments.


'/>"/>
Contact: Beverly Lytton
eAJPM@ucsd.edu
858-534-9340
Elsevier Health Sciences
Source:Eurekalert

Page: 1 2

Related biology news :

1. EPA teams with National Geographic Society and World Resources Institute to map ecosystem services
2. Geographic profiling applied to track hunting patterns of white sharks in South Africa
3. A global model for the origin of species independent of geographical isolation
4. Visualization of geographic patterns may predict spread of disease
5. National Geographic names University of Chicago researcher an Emerging Explorer for 2010
6. Beverages leave geographic signatures that can track peoples movements
7. University of Manchester academics at international conference on geographic chemicals
8. Climate change affects geographical range of plants
9. University of Miami to host prestigious National Geographic Young Explorers Workshop, Sept. 25
10. National Geographic features University of Miamis work on Bahamas blue holes
11. Geographic analysis offers new insight into coral disease spread
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:8/20/2014)... 2014  The second annual Biometrics UnPlugged Executive ... Tampa, Florida on September 15, 2014, ... Technology and Strategy at Samsung, and Philippe de ... of this year,s event is Mobility at the ... "Biometrics UnPlugged: Mobility at the Crossroads of Commerce ...
(Date:8/19/2014)... . Wind ... large amount of electricity is to be produced with renewable ... be stored during productive periods so that these fluctuations can ... adequate for the purpose. Science and industry are therefore working ... systems that used to be too expensive or unsophisticated to ...
(Date:8/19/2014)... purchased at retail seafood counters in 10 different ... expose consumers to unexpectedly high levels of mercury, ... present a fish of the same species, but ... mislabeling offense, according to new research by University ... of seafood is essential to allow consumers to ...
Breaking Biology News(10 mins):Biometrics UnPlugged: Mobility at the Crossroads of Commerce & Privacy to Feature Interactive Sessions with Samsung and Experian 2Asian inventions dominate energy storage systems 2Asian inventions dominate energy storage systems 3Seafood substitutions can expose consumers to unexpectedly high mercury 2Seafood substitutions can expose consumers to unexpectedly high mercury 3
... Infection control experts at The Johns Hopkins Hospital have ... a bleaching agent into the air and then detoxify ... preventing the spread of multiple-drug-resistant bacteria, or so-called hospital ... hydrogen peroxide vaporizers -- first deployed in several Singapore ...
... West China, Myanmar and Northern Vietnam contain one of the ... area are thousands of caves and gorges. It is only ... plants. This exploration is yielding many new species new to ... study was published in the open access journal ...
... Geosphere articles include additions to several special issues ... Change Offshore New Jersey"; "The ANDRILL McMurdo Ice Shelf (MIS) ... Sea and Beyond: Contributions to Marine Geology in Honor of ... the Colorado River System II." Topics include, 1. ...
Cached Biology News:Hydrogen peroxide vapor enhances hospital disinfection of superbugs 2Hydrogen peroxide vapor enhances hospital disinfection of superbugs 3Hydrogen peroxide vapor enhances hospital disinfection of superbugs 4Cave dwelling nettle discovered in China 2Geosphere covers Grand Canyon, deep drill coring, Death Valley, and more 2Geosphere covers Grand Canyon, deep drill coring, Death Valley, and more 3Geosphere covers Grand Canyon, deep drill coring, Death Valley, and more 4Geosphere covers Grand Canyon, deep drill coring, Death Valley, and more 5Geosphere covers Grand Canyon, deep drill coring, Death Valley, and more 6Geosphere covers Grand Canyon, deep drill coring, Death Valley, and more 7Geosphere covers Grand Canyon, deep drill coring, Death Valley, and more 8
(Date:8/19/2014)... Aug. 19, 2014   Synthetic Biologics, Inc. ... novel anti-infective biologic and drug programs targeting specific ... today that its novel C. difficile ... th Interscience Conference on Antimicrobial Agents and ... D.C. Synthetic Biologics, Senior ...
(Date:8/19/2014)... August 19, 2014 Sales Horizons, a ... its online sales skills training course to ... , MedTech clinical staff spend the majority of their ... standalone medical center, or physician practice – providing support ... why stop there? Sales Horizons believes clinical staff are ...
(Date:8/18/2014)... (Aug. 18, 2014) -- A new therapy developed ... (USF) Morsani College of Medicine and Columbia University ... complications of interventional cardiovascular disease treatment. , ... the novel molecular therapy could selectively inhibit blood ... a medical procedure using a balloon catheter to ...
(Date:8/18/2014)... Md. , Aug. 18, 2014 /PRNewswire/ ... maker of advanced consumer medical devices said ... was interviewed by CEOLIVE.TV as part ... The entire interview is available at ... Dr. Kotak explains to investors the unique ...
Breaking Biology Technology:Synthetic Biologics Announces Late-Breaking Poster Presentation for C. difficile Program at 54th ICAAC 2Synthetic Biologics Announces Late-Breaking Poster Presentation for C. difficile Program at 54th ICAAC 3Synthetic Biologics Announces Late-Breaking Poster Presentation for C. difficile Program at 54th ICAAC 4Sales Horizons Launches a New Online Sales Training Course for MedTech Clinical Staff to Develop Their Sales Skills 2Sales Horizons Launches a New Online Sales Training Course for MedTech Clinical Staff to Develop Their Sales Skills 3Selective therapy may improve artery repair after interventional cardiovascular procedures 2Selective therapy may improve artery repair after interventional cardiovascular procedures 3BioElectronics EVP Dr. Deepak Kotak Interviewed on CEO Live 2BioElectronics EVP Dr. Deepak Kotak Interviewed on CEO Live 3
... work 25 hours a day. So several speakers at the ... drive home the point that "work smarter, not harder" is ... of the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Business, summed it ... Knetter said. To him, producing more by working more hours ...
... the possibility - make that probability - of data breaches are ... the CEO's top technologist doesn't mind consulting with the legal team, ... the message of attorney Erik Phelps, a partner in the law ... 2007 gathering that since e-mail is now discoverable in court, and ...
... sort - from the globally familiar to the local ... and venerated with a speed never seen before. The ... for brand commentary, both positive and negative, and these ... political brand managers. They now must proactively protect brand ...
Cached Biology Technology:Fusion 2007: Innovation drives productivity in post 24x7 world 2Fusion 2007: In e-legalities, CIOs and lawyers combine to provide business value 2Fusion 2007: In e-legalities, CIOs and lawyers combine to provide business value 3Brand protection in the age of customer engagement 2Brand protection in the age of customer engagement 3Brand protection in the age of customer engagement 4Brand protection in the age of customer engagement 5Brand protection in the age of customer engagement 6
Assay Diluent, 10 L...
Assay Diluent Trial Pack, 4 x 100 mL...
HRP Monoclonal-Goat Diluent - 5X Concentrate, 25 mL...
SpectroQuest single beam 1.8nm UV/Vis spectrophotometer; stand-alone unit...
Biology Products: