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Neighborhood Physical Environment and Early Child Health and Development

Key Message

The presence of child relevant neighborhood destinations and services were positively associated with early child development domains of physical health and wellbeing and social competence.


Christian, Hayley et al. (2015). The influence of the neighborhood physical environment on early child health and development: A review and call for research. Health & Place. 33:25-36. doi:10.1016/j.healthplace.2015.01.005


This review examines evidence of the association between the neighborhood built environment, green spaces and outdoor home area, and early (0–7 years) child health and development.


  • Evidence of influence of built environment on early child health and development.
  • Access to local destinations and services important for early child development.
  • Perceived neighbourhood safety positively associated with early child development.
  • Population studies using objective measures of the built environment required.

Benefit Statements / Outcomes

Leadership Provided By:

  • Leisure Information Network (LIN)
  • Alberta Recreation and Parks Association

On Behalf Of:

  • Canadian Parks and Recreation Association (CPRAA)

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