- Urban vegetative cover provides a range of ecosystem services including contributions to human health and well-being. Urbanization exerts tremendous pressure on this natural resource, causing fragmentation and loss of urban greenspace. This study aimed to examine associations between vegetative cover fragmentation and physical activity and BMI at the county scale in the U.S. metropolitan statistical areas greater than 1 million in population.
- Community parks have been consistently associated with increased physical activity among adults and children.1 Because they are widely available in most urban communities, appeal to children and adults, and support many forms of physical activity,2 community parks are recognized by major health organizations for their potential to promote physical activity and to prevent obesity. The potential of public parks to support active living has prompted numerous investigations focused on the extent to which physical activity is associated with the availability and characteristics of parks, trails, and other recreational environments.
- Availability of parks is associated with higher levels of physical activity among children and adolescents. Few studies examine actual park use and park-based physical activity in these populations.