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Location Deakin University, Institute for Physical Activity and Nutrition
App. deadline 12/03/2018
  • Scholarship available
Eligibility Open to international applicants

Harnessing parks as a public resource for active living and social connectedness

Physical inactivity is a global epidemic and the fourth leading cause of non-communicable deaths worldwide. Parks are a key component of liveable cities and an important public resource providing opportunities for people of all ages to engage in physical activity, connect socially with family and friends, and have contact with nature. However, parks are generally under-utilised and most park visitors engage in low levels of physical activity. To maximise use of these valuable public resources, parks must be designed or modified to be appealing and beneficial for people of all ages. However, little research exists to inform park design for people across the lifespan.

This project will investigate what park features are necessary to promote physical activity and increase park visitation, park-based physical activity and social connectedness among children, adolescents, adults and older adults. It will be nested within an ARC Discovery Project.

Project aim: To improve physical activity and utilisation of parks by investigating what park features are necessary and what need to be modified to enhance their appeal.

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Dr Jenny Veitch
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