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The Neighborhood Quality of Life Study (NQLS), conducted between 2001-2005, was designed to identify environmental correlates of physical activity. This observational study of 2,200 adults aged 20-65 randomly selected from 32 neighborhoods in two regions of the U.S. developed new paradigms and measures for studying built environment associations with health behaviors. 

Main Citations:

Sallis, J.F., Saelens, B.E., Frank, L.D., Conway, T.L., Slymen, D.J., Cain, K.L., Chapman, J.E., and Kerr, J.  (2009).  Neighborhood built environment and income: Examining multiple health outcomes.  Social Science and Medicine, 68, 1285-1293.  doi:10.1016/j.socscimed.2009.01.017

Frank, L.D., Sallis, J.F., Saelens, B.E., Leary, L., Cain, K., Conway, T.L., and Hess, P.M.  (2010).  The development of a walkability index: Application to the Neighborhood Quality of Life Study.  British Journal of Sports Medicine, 43, 124-131. Link

Survey of residents to assess the relation between one's neighborhood, quality of life, health, and physical activity.

Follow-up survey, conducted 6 months after the time 1 survey.

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