Development of a Senior Housing Health Environment and Health Behavior Index
Wisconsin seniors are among the nation’s worst for prevalence of obesity and rank high for reporting no leisure-time physical activity and poor nutritional habits. Previous research has suggested that environmental factors exert a major influence on health-related behaviors at the individual level, such as physical activity and eating behaviors. A comprehensive assessment index would enable retirement communities to objectively assess the health promoting potential of the built environment, and identify strengths and weaknesses of existing and future health-related programs and practices.
June 11, 2008 – December 31, 2009
Center for Urban Population Health’s Center Scientist Development Program through the Wisconsin Partnership Fund.
University Wisconsin Milwaukee
Kathryn R. Zalewski, BS, MPA, PhD
Lori A. Neighbors, BS, MS, PhD
The Laureate Group
Lisa Stueland, RN