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Gamification of active travel to school: A pilot evaluation of the Beat the Street physical activity intervention.

Emma Coombes, Andy Jones Health Place. 2016 Mar 11;39:62-69. doi: 10.1016/j.healthplace.2016.03.001 Abstract Beat the Street aims to get children more active by encouraging them to walk and cycle in their neighbourhood using tracking technology with a reward scheme. This pilot study evaluates the impact of Beat the Street on active travel to school in Norwich, […]

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Developing and testing a street audit tool using Google Street View to measure environmental supportiveness for physical activity

Pippa Griew, Melvyn Hillsdon, Charlie Foster, Emma Coombes, Andy Jones and Paul Wilkinson International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity 2013, 10:103 doi:10.1186/1479-5868-10-103 Abstract Background: Walking for physical activity is associated with substantial health benefits for adults. Increasingly research has focused on associations between walking behaviours and neighbourhood environments including street characteristics such as pavement availability and aesthetics. […]

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Is environmental setting associated with the intensity and duration of children’s physical activity? Findings from the SPEEDY GPS study

Emma Coombes, Esther van Sluijs, Andy Jones Health & Place 20 (2013) 62–65 Abstract Using a sample of English school children, we use accelerometery and global positioning systems to identify whether different intensities of activity (light, moderate, and vigorous) occur in different environments, and whether environments for bouts of moderate to vigorous activity (MVPA) vary […]

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The relationship of physical activity and overweight to objectively measured green space accessibility and use

Coombes EG, Jones AP, Hillsdon M Social Science and Medicine, Vol. 70, No. 6, pp. 816-822. Elsevier March 2010 doi:10.1016/j.socscimed.2009.11.020 Abstract This study examines the association between objectively measured access to green space, frequency of green space use, physical activity, and the probability of being overweight or obese in the city of Bristol, England. Data […]

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Greenspace access, use, and physical activity: Understanding the effects of area deprivation

Jones AP, Hillsdon M, Coombes EG Preventive Medicine. Vol. 49, pp. 500-505. doi:10.1016/j.ypmed.2009.10.012 October 2009. Elsevier. Abstract Objectives. To understand the patterning of greenspace provision and use by area deprivation, and determine how deprivation moderates relationships with physical activity. Methods. The responses obtained from 6821 respondents to the 2005 ‘The Quality of Life in your […]

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Environmental supportiveness for physical activity in English schoolchildren: a study using Global Positioning Systems

Jones AP, Coombes EG, Griffin SJ, van Sluijs EMF International Journal of Behavioural Nutrition and Physical Activity, Vol. 6, Art. 42. doi:10.1186/1479-5868-6-42 July 2009 BioMed Central Ltd Abstract Background. There is increasing evidence that the environment plays a role in influencing physical activity in children and adults. As children have less autonomy in their behavioural […]

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