- This study examines relationships between perceived and observed nutrition environments, diet, and BMI, in order to examine the criterion validity of the Nutrition Environment Measures Survey–Perceived (NEMS–P).
- The Built Environment Assessment Training (BEAT) Institute ( www.med.upenn.edu/beat/ ) was developed to prepare and encourage investigators and practitioners to use observational and self-reported measures of nutrition and activity environments and related behavioral assessments. This focused training Institute integrated the disciplinary foci of nutrition, physical activity, obesity prevention, urban planning, and transportation.
- GIS-based walkability measures designed to explain active travel fail to capture “playability” and proximity to healthy food. These constructs should be considered when measuring potential child obesogenic environments.
- Identifying neighborhood environment attributes related to childhood obesity can inform environmental changes for obesity prevention.
- Mixed-use developments may be especially promising settings for encouraging walking and other types of physical activity.