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Deanna M. Hoelscher

109 shared publications

Health Promotion & Behavioral Sciences, Chair, Michael & Susan Dell Center for Healthy Living, University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston School of Public Health in Austin, 1616 Guadalupe, UTA 6.310, Austin, Texas 78701

Marcia G. Ory

74 shared publications

Department of Health Promotion & Community Health Sciences, School of Public Health, Texas A&M Health Science Center, College Station

Noreen C. McDonald

33 shared publications

Department of City and Regional Planning, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, NC 27599-3140, USA

Nalini Ranjit

21 shared publications

University of Texas Health Science Center, Austin, TX, United States

Xuemei Zhu

17 shared publications

Texas A&M University, College Station, TX, USA

Publication Record
Distribution of Articles published per year 
(2014 - 2018)
Total number of journals
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Article 0 Reads 0 Citations Single-Family Housing Value Resilience of Walkable Versus Unwalkable Neighborhoods During a Market Downturn: Causal Evid... Minjie Xu, Chia-Yuan Yu, Chanam Lee, Lawrence D. Frank Published: 26 April 2018
American Journal of Health Promotion, doi: 10.1177/0890117118768765
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Article 0 Reads 3 Citations Does Parents' Social Cohesion Influence their Perception of Neighborhood Safety and their Children’s Active Commuting To... Meliha Salahuddin, Eileen Nehme, Abiodun O. Oluyomi, Chanam ... Published: 01 December 2016
Journal of Physical Activity and Health, doi: 10.1123/jpah.2016-0148
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Article 5 Reads 10 Citations Urban Natural Environments, Obesity, and Health-Related Quality of Life among Hispanic Children Living in Inner-City Nei... Jun-Hyun Kim, Chanam Lee, Wonmin Sohn, Harry Timmermans, Ast... Published: 12 January 2016
International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, doi: 10.3390/ijerph13010121
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Although a substantial body of literature has provided evidence supporting the positive effects of natural environments on well-being, little has been known about the specific spatial patterns of urban nature in promoting health-related quality of life (HRQOL) among children. This study assessed the association that the urban natural environment measured by landscape spatial patterns may have with obesity and HRQOL among Hispanic children. Ninety-two 4th and 5th grade students were recruited from Houston, Texas, and the Pediatric Quality of Life Inventory (PedsQL) was used to capture the children’s HRQOL. The quality of urban natural environments was assessed by quantifying the landscape spatial patterns, using landscape indices generated by Geographic Information Systems and remote sensing. From the bivariate analyses, children’s body mass index showed a significantly negative association with their HRQOL. After controlling for socio-demographic factors, the results revealed that larger and more tree areas were positively correlated with children’s HRQOL. In addition, those children living in areas with tree patches further apart from each other showed higher HRQOL. This research adds to the current multi-disciplinary area of research on environment-health relationships by investigating the roles of urban greeneries and linking their spatial structures with children’s HRQOL.
SHORT-COMMUNICATION 0 Reads 13 Citations A retrospective study on changes in residents' physical activities, social interactions, and neighborhood cohesion after... Xuemei Zhu, Chia-Yuan Yu, Chanam Lee, Zhipeng Lu, George Man... Published: 01 December 2014
Preventive Medicine, doi: 10.1016/j.ypmed.2014.08.013
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This study is to examine changes in residents' physical activities, social interactions, and neighborhood cohesion after they moved to a walkable community in Austin, Texas. Retrospective surveys (N = 449) were administered in 2013–2014 to collect pre- and post-move data about the outcome variables and relevant personal, social, and physical environmental factors. Walkability of each resident's pre-move community was measured using the Walk Score. T tests were used to examine the pre–post move differences in the outcomes in the whole sample and across sub-groups with different physical activity levels, neighborhood conditions, and neighborhood preferences before the move. After the move, total physical activity increased significantly in the whole sample and all sub-groups except those who were previously sufficiently active; lived in communities with high walkability, social interactions, or neighborhood cohesion; or had moderate preference for walkable neighborhoods. Walking in the community increased in the whole sample and all subgroups except those who were previously sufficiently active, moved from high-walkability communities, or had little to no preference for walkable neighborhoods. Social interactions and neighborhood cohesion increased significantly after the move in the whole sample and all sub-groups. This study explored potential health benefits of a walkable community in promoting physically and socially active lifestyles, especially for populations at higher risk of obesity. The initial result is promising, suggesting the need for more work to further examine the relationships between health and community design using pre–post assessments.
Article 0 Reads 17 Citations Impact of the Safe Routes to School Program on Walking and Bicycling Noreen C. McDonald, Ruth L. Steiner, Chanam Lee, Tori Rhoula... Published: 03 April 2014
Journal of the American Planning Association, doi: 10.1080/01944363.2014.956654
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Article 0 Reads 11 Citations Parental safety concerns and active school commute: correlates across multiple domains in the home-to-school journey. Abiodun O Oluyomi, Chanam Lee, Eileen Nehme, Diane Dowdy, Ma... Published: 01 January 2014
International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity, doi: 10.1186/1479-5868-11-32
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Empirical evidence of the relationship between safety concerns and walking to school (WTS) is growing. However, current research offers limited understanding of the multiple domains of parental safety concerns and the specific mechanisms through which parents articulate safety concerns about WTS. A more detailed understanding is needed to inform environmental and policy interventions. This study examined the relationships between both traffic safety and personal safety concerns and WTS in the U.S. This cross-sectional analysis examined data from the Texas Childhood Obesity Prevention Policy Evaluation (T-COPPE) project, an evaluation of state-wide obesity prevention policy interventions. All study data were from the survey (n=830) of parents with 4th grade students attending 81 elementary schools across Texas, and living within two miles from their children's schools. Traffic safety and personal safety concerns were captured for the home neighborhood, en-route to school, and school environments. Binary logistic regression analysis was used to assess the odds of WTS controlling for significant covariates. Overall, 18% of parents reported that their child walked to school on most days of the week. For traffic safety, students were more likely to walk to school if their parent reported favorable perceptions about the following items in the home neighborhood environment: higher sidewalk availability, well maintained sidewalks and safe road crossings. For the route to school, the odds of WTS were higher for those who reported "no problem" with each one of the following: traffic speed, amount of traffic, sidewalks/pathways, intersection/crossing safety, and crossing guards, when compared to those that reported "always a problem". For personal safety in the en-route to school environment, the odds of WTS were lower when parents reported concerns about: stray or dangerous animals and availability of others with whom to walk. Findings offered insights into the specific issues that drive safety concerns for elementary school children's WTS behaviors. The observed associations between more favorable perceptions of safety and WTS provide further justification for practical intervention strategies to reduce WTS barriers that can potentially bring long-term physical activity and health benefits to school-aged children.