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Conference Highlights Link Between Physical Activity and Environmental Design

A three-day conference exploring the link between community design and physical activity is underway in Coronado. It's the fourth annual Active Living Research conference. KPBS reporter Kenny Goldberg

Conference Highlights Link Between Physical Activity and Environmental Design

A three-day conference exploring the link between community design and physical activity is underway in Coronado. It's the fourth annual Active Living Research conference. KPBS reporter Kenny Goldberg has more.

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There's a body of research that shows people who live in neighborhoods with sidewalks and easy access to parks are more physically active. Jim Sallis is a professor of psychology at San Diego State. He says when it comes to healthy lifestyles, one's physical environment has to be factored in. 

<b> Sallis: </b> And frankly up until recently, we've ignored the impact of living in a place where the closest store is five miles away, or living in a place where the only park you have is in disrepair.

The Active Living Research conference will feature a session on how neighborhood design affects how much young people walk. The conference will also look into the link between health disparities and urban planning. Kenny Goldberg, KPBS News.