Universal design in active living

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This video introduces the concept of active living for all, as a way of life that integrates physical activity into daily routines, such as walking for transportation, vising a park, and participating in recreational activities. How we design places for active living can therefore impact people’s abilities to be physically active. This is where Universal Design thinking can be an effective tool to ensure that the built environment supports physical activity for all, no matter age, physical or mental abilities.


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Scientific articles

Aytur, S. A., Rodriguez, D. A., Evenson, K. R., Catellier, D. J., & Rosamond, W. D. (2008). The sociodemographics of land use planning: Relationships to physical activity, accessibility, and equity. Health & place, 14(3), 367-385. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.healthplace.2007.08.004

Sallis, J. F., Cervero, R. B., Ascher, W., Henderson, K. A., Kraft, M. K., & Kerr, J. (2006). An ecological approach to creating active living communities. Annu. Rev. Public Health, 27, 297-322. https://doi-org.proxy1-bib.sdu.dk/10.1146/annurev.publhealth.27.021405.102100

Kärmeniemi, M., Lankila, T., Ikäheimo, T., Koivumaa-Honkanen, H., & Korpelainen, R. (2018). The built environment as a determinant of physical activity: a systematic review of longitudinal studies and natural experiments. Annals of behavioral medicine, 52(3), 239-251. https://doi.org/10.1093/abm/kax043


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Tanja Schmidt

Postdoc researcher at the University of Southern Denmark’s Department of Sports Science and Clinical Biomechanics.

Member of the Bevica Foundation’s PhD network.

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