May 21, 2019
A report recently released by the National Academies of Science, Engineering and Medicine provides recommendations to enhance the monitoring and measuring of physical activity. Co-written by Professor of City and Regional Planning and NASEM committee member Daniel Rodríguez, the report outlines 22 strategies and supporting actions for surveilling activity to support public health research and decision making.
Despite the far-reaching benefits of physical activity, most Americans do not meet the current public health guidelines. At the population level, physical activity is challenging to assess because it is a complex, multidimensional behavior that varies by type, intensity, setting, motives, and environmental and social influences. Surveillance of physical activity is a core public health function necessary to measure and analyze the prevalence of physical activity at a population level. To support public health, there is a need to develop and implement surveillance systems that effectively integrate measurement of specific physical activity behaviors (like walking) with assessment of environmental factors that influence physical activity behavior (such as the walkability of communities).
The consensus report, entitled "Implementing Strategies to Enhance Public Health Surveillance of Physical Activity in the United States," was developed by a committee of seven experts in physical activity surveillance.
Read the full report on the NASEM website.
Daniel A. Rodríguez’s research focuses on the relationship between transportation, land development, and the health and environmental impacts that follow. His most recent work focuses on the health and equity impacts of urban transportation policy. In a current project he is examining the impact of transportation innovations (bus rapid transit, aerial trams, protected and unprotected bicycle lane networks) on land markets and development.
As a Faculty Affiliate of the Institute for Urban and Regional Development, Rodriguez is currently leading two research projects related to urban health inequalities and the built environment in Latin America. In other work he has considered the land value impact of transit investment and the impact of urban form on physical activity and travelling behavior.