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My research interests include physical activity promotion and studying other health behaviors, chronic disease prevention, and understanding how physical space and design (the "built environment") affect and influence individual and population health. My research has involved large database studies, survey studies, as well as clinical studies. My work is multidisciplinary and seeks to foster collaboration among health researchers, design professionals, and technology specialists.
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A program encouraging overweight or obese adolescents to increase their physical activity through use of their everyday environment, rather than organized classes or sports programs, produced significant increases in daily physical activity that were sustained for at least three to four months.
Childhood obesity continues to be a major public health problem, and national trends indicate insufficient and declining levels of physical activity in children and adolscents. The design of buildings and neighborhoods, known collectively as the built environment, has the potential to influence physical activity.
Pediatrician Nicolas Oreskovic, MD, MPH, and researcher Alison Hoppin, MD, a pediatric gastroenterologist offer tips to counter "globesity."
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