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Using Global Position Systems (GPS) and Physical Activity Monitors to Assess the Built Environment
Extension and Outreach Publications
  • Christopher J. Seeger, Iowa State University
  • Gregory Welk, Iowa State University
  • Mary S. Erickson, Iowa State University
Description
As public health continues to decline and obesity rates hit epidemic levels, there has been increased interest in understanding what characteristics of the built environment may impact the amount of physical activity an individual receives. This paper discusses the utilization of global positioning system (GPS) receivers, physical activity monitors (PAM), meteorological data, and land-cover data to visualize and identify relationships between landscape characteristics of the built environment and an individual’s physical activity levels. This paper showcases a procedure for synchronizing the collected data, describes pitfalls to avoid when conducting a study, and illustrates how the results can be analyzed and visualized in a geographic information system (GIS).
Publication Date:
1-1-2008
Publisher:
Urban and Regional Information Systems Association
Comments

This article is from URISA Journal, 20:2(2008); 5-13. Posted with permission.

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Citation Information
Christopher J. Seeger, Gregory Welk and Mary S. Erickson. "Using Global Position Systems (GPS) and Physical Activity Monitors to Assess the Built Environment" Park Ridge, Illinois(2008)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/christopher-seeger/150/