The built environment and health: Introducing individual space-time behavior

Dick Saarloos, Jae Eun Kim, Harry Timmermans

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Abstract

Many studies have examined the relationship between the built environment and health. Yet, the question of how and why the environment influences health behavior remains largely unexplored. As health promotion interventions work through the individuals in a targeted population, an explicit understanding of individual behavior is required to formulate and evaluate intervention strategies. Bringing in concepts from various fields, this paper proposes the use of an activity-based modeling approach for understanding and predicting, from the bottom up, how individuals interact with their environment and each other in space and time, and how their behaviors aggregate to population-level health outcomes.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1724-1743
Number of pages20
JournalInternational Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
Volume6
Issue number6
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jun 2009

Keywords

  • Activity patterns
  • Built environment
  • Health impact assessment
  • Individual-based modeling
  • Overweight and obesity
  • Spacetime behavior

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