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ORI scientists studied the built environment characteristics of 120 neighborhoods in Portland.

These results suggest the need for public health and city planning officials to consider how modifiable neighborhood – level, built – environment characteristics can create more livable residential communities and promote active, healthy lifestyles.. ORI scientists studied the built environment characteristics of 120 neighborhoods in Portland, More than 1200 residents of the neighborhoods where the researchers. Information about age, sex, education, race / ethnicity, household income, alcohol and tobacco use, general health, body mass index , and eating habits The residents levels of physical activity were also measured, including neighborhood walking, walking for transportation , walking for household errands, and moderate or vigorous exercise.

The result, a number of new policy and service led developments underway by the Department of Health have to be introduced, however our results show that considerable development and training are needed if effective and sensitive programs are to be was .