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Precision medicine and healthy living: The importance of the built environment


Hills, AP and Farpour-Lambert, NJ and Byrne, NM, Precision medicine and healthy living: The importance of the built environment, Progress in Cardiovascular Diseases, 62, (1) pp. 34-38. ISSN 0033-0620 (2019) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1016/j.pcad.2018.12.013


The built environment encompasses the major physical spaces, including buildings, streets, homes, schools, parks, playgrounds and other infrastructure in which we live, work and play. In an ideal world, the built environment should support and facilitate a healthy engagement in physical activity across the lifespan. However, in the context of an environment characterized by increased mechanization and urbanization, physical inactivity and higher levels of overweight and obesity, too many settings are not conducive to physical activity and/or are not safe and walkable. In the knowledge that there are multiple challenges to redress the low levels of physical activity seen in many parts of the world, this paper provides some examples of opportunities for healthy living (HL) in a built environment characteristic of an increasingly urbanized world. Particular foci include opportunities for HL fostered in child-friendly cities, in which walkability is high, and active transport is encouraged and supported.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:built environment, healthy living, physical activity, walkability
Research Division:Health Sciences
Research Group:Health services and systems
Research Field:Health services and systems not elsewhere classified
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Public health (excl. specific population health)
Objective Field:Public health (excl. specific population health) not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Hills, AP (Professor Andrew Hills)
UTAS Author:Byrne, NM (Professor Nuala Byrne)
ID Code:134161
Year Published:2019
Web of Science® Times Cited:11
Deposited By:Health Sciences
Deposited On:2019-08-01
Last Modified:2019-09-18

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