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Health-Promoting Characteristics of Urban Green Spaces in Consideration of Non-Communicable Diseases

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Title: Health-Promoting Characteristics of Urban Green Spaces in Consideration of Non-Communicable Diseases
Author: Kennedy, Alyson
Department: School of Environmental Design and Rural Development
Program: Landscape Architecture
Advisor: Kelly, Sean
Abstract: There is an immediate need within the urban environment to address non-communicable diseases (NCD) and sedentary lifestyles. Evidence in the literature suggests that urban green spaces (UGS) can have a positive effect on people’s physical activity, social and mental well-being. The intent of this research is to explore two types of UGS, both located in Georgetown, Ontario: a multipurpose municipally operated community park and a naturalised public trail system. The methods include a review of literature, two walking methods, and a case study analysis. A set of design recommendations will be developed that identify characteristics in the landscapes that promote and encourage physical activity, social and mental well-being. By using the evidence-based design recommendations developed in this study, municipalities may increase their understanding of how to create and maintain reliable environments with stimulating health-promoting characteristics in consideration of NCDs and sedentary lifestyles.
URI: https://hdl.handle.net/10214/26929
Date: 2022-05
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