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Designing outdoor play areas to promote physical activity and reduce obesity
Detail: Researchers at the University of the West of England are to use design techniques to reduce childhood obesity.

The team is to focus on developing outdoor spaces that encourage regular play and physical activity.

One of the biggest public health challenges in the 21st Century is growing obesity in children.

Professor Lamine Mahdjoubi said: "It is crucial to identify the barriers to outdoor play and to find effective ways of surmounting these barriers."

Professor Mahdjoubi, from UWE's faculty of the built environment, is co-ordinating a team from a wide variety of professions, including architects, landscape designers, traffic engineers, community safety experts, and child psychologists to develop healthy outdoor environments for children and adolescents.
Date: March 18 2005