Healthful Options Using Streets and Transportation in our Neighborhoods

Healthful Options Using Streets and Transportation in Our Neighborhoods (HOUSTON) is a multi-year study initiated to identify and assess relationships between environmental factors and physical activity, dietare habits, and obesity in African Americans residing in public housing. It is funded in part by the Active Living Research initiative of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. The purposes of the study are to (1) define environmental correlates of physical activity, dietary habits, and obesity, (2) assess physical activity resources, food sources, and pedestrian utilities in Houston neighborhoods surrounding 14 public housing developments, (3) assess the physical activity, dietary habits, and obesity of residents, and (4) correlate environmental factors with individual behavior. Findings suggest that many housing development residents are disconnected with health recommendations and opportunities. Neighborhood characteristics like physical activity resources and sidewalk connectivity are associated with physical activity, dietary habits and body mass index (BMI) and fat percentage.

Related Publications & Abstracts

Adamus HJ, Mama SK, Sahnoune I, Lee RE. Evaluating the quality and accessibility of physical activity resources in two southern cities. American Journal of Health Promotion. 2012; In press.

Heinrich KM, Choy L, Reese-Smith JY, Regan GR, Ahluwahlia JS, Lee RE. Store and Restaurant Advertising and Health of Public Housing Residents. American Journal of Health Behavior. 2012 36(1): 66-74.

Suminski R, Ding D, Lee R, May L, Tota T, Dinius D. Youth Physical Activity Opportunities in Lower and Higher Income Neighborhoods. Journal of Urban Health. 2011;88(4):599-615.

Lee RE, Mama SK, McAlexander K, Adamus H, Medina A. Neighborhood and PA: Neighborhood Factors and Physical Activity in African American Public Housing Residents. Journal of Physical Activity & Health; 2011;8(Suppl 1):S83-90.

Eugeni ML, Baxter M, Mama SK, Lee RE. Disconnections of African American public housing residents: Connections to physical activity, dietary habits and obesity. American Journal of Community Psychology; 2011;47(3-4):264-76.

Lee RE, Heinrich KM, Medina AV, Maddock JE, Regan GR, Reese-Smith JY,  Jokura Y. A Picture of the Healthful Food Environment in Two Diverse Urban Cities. Environmental Health Insights. 2010 Jul 21;4:49-60.

Adamus HJ, Mama SK, Medina AV, Lee RE. Perceived neighborhood environment factors and physical activity in African American women. International Journal of Exercise Science;Vol.3, Issue 1. Department of Health and Human Performance Graduate Research Day; University of Houston 2010.

Adamus HJ, Mama SK, Lee RE. Items on a perceived environment measurement tool are grouped differently in low and high income African American Women. International Journal of Exercise Science; Vol. 6, Issue 1; Texas Obesity Research Center Conference; Houston TX, 2010. 

Lee RE, Mama SK, Banda JA, Bryant LG, McAlexander KP. Physical Activity Opportunities in low Socioeconomic Status Neighborhoods. Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health; 2009; 63:1021.

McAlexander KM, Banda JA, McAlexander JW, Lee RE. Physical activity resource attributes and obesity in low-income African Americans. Journal of Urban Health. 2009;86(5):696-707.

Lee RE, Banda JA, Bryant L. Personal and Environmental Factors Associated with BMI in African American Public Housing Residents. Obesity. 2008, 16: S320.

Lee RE, Heinrich KM, Reese-Smith JY, Regan G. Association of neighborhood goods and services with physical activity and BMI. Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise, 2007. 13 (5): S32.

Lee RE, Baxter M, Regan G, Reese-Smith J, Booth KM, Howard HH. Urban restaurants differ by neighborhood socioeconomic factors. Annals of Behavioral Medicine 2006;31: S056.

Lee RE, Reese-Smith J, Regan G, Booth B, Howard H. Applying GIS technology to assess the obesogenic structure of neighborhoods surrounding public housing developments. Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise. 2003; 35:5S.