The Healthy Places Research Group (HPRG), winner of the 2005 Golden Shoe Award for Pedestrian-Friendly Research, meets monthly to facilitate discussion and networking among the many disciplines working to create healthy places and improve the relationship between health and the built environment. HPRG is a collaboration among the following participants:
- Center for Quality Growth and Regional Development
- Georgia Institute of Technology College of Architecture
- Emory University Rollins School of Public Health
- Georgia State University College of Health and Human Sciences
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
The use of technology in assessing health in the built environment is the topic of the next HPRG meeting, scheduled for Tuesday, December 11th. Two presentations will be given on the topic. The first will be given by researchers from Georgia Tech’s Center for GIS and will describe a new approach for finding an optimal walking route in an urban environment. Also highlighted will be recent work of staff at Westat on the use of wearable GPS and accelerometry as a tool to assess physical activity as it relates to transportation.
The event will be held at Georgia Tech’s Center for Quality Growth and Regional Development and is open to anyone interested in exploring the characteristics and advancement of healthy places. RSVP required; please contact Audrey Leous at audrey.leous [at] coa.gatech.edu.