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World Journal of Preventive Medicine. 2017, 5(1), 33-42
DOI: 10.12691/jpm-5-1-5
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The Role of Built Environments on Children’s Sedentary Behavior: A Social Ecological Perspective

Tao Zhang1, , Xiangli Gu1, Jessica Burgett2, Jean Keller1 and Xiaoxia Zhang1

1Department of Kinesiology, Health Promotion, and Recreation, University of North Texas, 1155 Union Circle, Denton, TX, USA

2Armed Forces Services Corporation, 1777 NE Interstate 410 Loop, San Antonio, TX, USA

Pub. Date: October 25, 2017

Cite this paper:
Tao Zhang, Xiangli Gu, Jessica Burgett, Jean Keller and Xiaoxia Zhang. The Role of Built Environments on Children’s Sedentary Behavior: A Social Ecological Perspective. World Journal of Preventive Medicine. 2017; 5(1):33-42. doi: 10.12691/jpm-5-1-5


The purpose of this paper is to examine relevant literature that demonstrates the interactions among built environments and children’s sedentary behaviors from a social ecological perspective. An overview of the existing body of knowledge relating to children’s sedentary behavior will be shared. A social ecological theoretical framework will be used to investigate how built environments in home, school, and neighborhood settings may impact children’ sedentary behaviors. Finally, a synthesis of emerging research and implications for practice along with recommendations will be highlighted to demonstrate how children’s sedentary behaviors can be altered by modifying built environments in home, school, and neighborhood settings.

sedentary behavior physical environment childhood obesity health promotion

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