Journal of Environmental and Public Health

Environmental Changes to Promote Physical Activity and Healthy Dietary Behavior


Publishing date
06 Jul 2012
Status
Published
Submission deadline
06 Jan 2012

1Department of Health Promotion, NUTRIM School for Nutrition, Toxicology and Metabolism, Maastricht University Medical Centre, Maastricht, The Netherlands


Environmental Changes to Promote Physical Activity and Healthy Dietary Behavior

Description

Empirical evidence regarding the influence of environmental factors on physical activity and dietary behavior is growing rapidly. The evidence-base, however, is typically built on (cross-sectional) observational studies. There is a dearth of studies that apply environmental manipulations (interventions) in the examination of changes in physical activity and dietary behavior. Relatively small changes in environmental cues may induce relatively large behavioral changes. Experimental studies that have used environmental manipulations in the promotion of stair use, for example, have shown that environmental prompts increase the percentage of people using the stairs. This special issue is devoted to the intervention approaches that alter the social or physical environment to make physical activity and/or healthy dietary behavior more likely. Such environmental changes, sometimes referred to as “nudges,” might include strategies such as environmental prompts, labeling of healthy food, providing social norm feedback, changing the defaults that surround the serving of food and drinks, or altering the layout of buildings to reduce sedentary behavior or to cue physical activity. The Call for Papers welcomes studies that have tested the impact of environmental manipulations as cues for physical activity and/or healthy dietary behavior. These studies preferably apply (natural) experimental research designs with objective outcome measures. Also informative pilot studies of innovative ideas are welcomed, as well as reviews, cost-effectiveness analyses, and theoretical reflections on working mechanisms and debate papers on the use of small environmental changes to promote physical activity and/or dietary behavior. Potential topics include, but are not limited to:

  • Environmental changes to promote physical activity
  • Environmental changes to reduce sedentary behavior
  • Environmental changes to promote healthy dietary behavior
  • Environmental changes to promote healthy lifestyle (including diet and/or physical activity)

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Articles

  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2012
  • - Article ID 470858
  • - Editorial

Environmental Changes to Promote Physical Activity and Healthy Dietary Behavior

S. P. J. Kremers | F. F. Eves | R. E. Andersen
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2012
  • - Article ID 949303
  • - Clinical Study

Trends in Nutrition and Exercise Counseling among Adolescents in the Health Care Environment

Tasha Peart | Patricia B. Crawford
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2012
  • - Article ID 974786
  • - Research Article

The Influence of the Local Neighbourhood Environment on Walking Levels during the Walking for Wellbeing in the West Pedometer-Based Community Intervention

L. B. Robertson | C. Ward Thompson | ... | N. Mutrie
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2012
  • - Article ID 326520
  • - Research Article

Play Equipment, Physical Activity Opportunities, and Children's Activity Levels at Childcare

Jessica S. Gubbels | Dave H. H. Van Kann | Maria W. J. Jansen
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2012
  • - Article ID 913236
  • - Research Article

Interventions to Promote an Integrated Approach to Public Health Problems: An Application to Childhood Obesity

Anna-Marie Hendriks | Jessica S. Gubbels | ... | Maria W. J. Jansen
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2012
  • - Article ID 707860
  • - Research Article

Measuring the Food Environment: A Systematic Technique for Characterizing Food Stores Using Display Counts

Cassandra Miller | J. Nicholas Bodor | Donald Rose
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2012
  • - Article ID 415746
  • - Research Article

The Healthy School Canteen Programme: A Promising Intervention to Make the School Food Environment Healthier

Fréderike Mensink | Saskia Antoinette Schwinghammer | Astrid Smeets
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