Physical Activity and Adolescents Project

Partner: Baltimore City Department of Parks and Recreation

2008. Ries, A.V., Gittelsohn, J.G., Voorhees, C.C., Roche, K.M., Clifton, K, & Astone, N.M. The Environment and Urban Adolescents Use of Recreational Facilities for Physical Activity: A Qualitative Study. American Journal of Health Promotion, 23(1):43-50.
2008. Ries, A.V., Voorhees, C.C., Gittelsohn J.G., Roche, K.M., Astone, N.M. "Perceptions of the Environment and Physical Activity: Gender Differences among Urban Youth." American Journal of Health Behavior, 32(1):26-39.
2008. Menschik, D., Saifuddin, A., Alexander, M.H., & Blum, W.R. "Adolescent Physical Activities as Predictors of Young Adult Weight." Arch Pediatr Adolesc Med, 162(1):29-33.

2004. McMurray, R. G., Ring, K. B., Treuth, M. S., Welk, G. J., Pate, R. R., Schmitz, M. K., Pickrel, J. L., Gonzalez, V., Almedia, M. J. C. A., Young, D. R., & Sallis, J. F . "Comparison of two approaches to structured physical activity surveys for adolescents." Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise, 36(12):2135-43.


2006. Ries, A.V., Voorhees, C.C., Alexander, C., Gittelsohn, J., & Roche, K. “Environmental influences on the use of recreation centers and parks for physical activity among African American adolescents.” Presentation: Robert Wood Johnson Active Living Research Conference. San Diego, CA. 

Spring, 2008. “Baltimore City’s Parks and Recreation Centers: An Underutilized Resource for Urban Teens.” Issues Brief surveying teens’ attitudes and perceptions of recreational facilities.

 Media Highlights:
 December, 2008. "Slender in the Grass," an article linking green spaces with improved health among young people that quotes extensively from the parks and recreation centers Issues Brief. Appeared in the December 10, 2008 issue of Time magazine.
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