From February 2017, information about the work of the MRC/CSO Social and Public Health Sciences Unit, University of Glasgow is available and updated on the University of Glasgow website.

Walkability around Scottish Primary Schools

A significant public health concern is the effect that limited physical activity has on children’s health; regular physical activity provides many health benefits, but over a quarter of Scottish children fail to meet recommended activity levels. Walking to school is simple, inexpensive, and accessible, and children who regularly walk to school show greater overall activity levels than those driven by car, however only 50% of children within urban Scotland regularly walk to Primary School. Certain built environment attributes, such as higher street connectivity and dwelling density, provide support for walking, but such attributes could vary by area deprivation. We created a ‘Walkability Score’, including street and path connectivity, and dwelling density, for catchments areas around Primary Schools within urban Scotland. We are exploring whether poorer areas exhibit lower walkability scores than more affluent areas, or vice versa, across Urban Scotland, and whether results vary between the main Scottish cities.

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