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Veugelers P, Sithole F, Zhang S, Muhajarine N (2008)

This study investigated whether access to food stores, parks and playground, recreational facilities and neighborhood safety are related to children's diet, physical and sedentary activities, and body weights.
Key findings: Children in neighbourhoods with greater perceived access to shops had healthier diets and were less likely to be overweight or obese. Children in neighbourhoods with good access to playgrounds, parks and recreational facilities reported more activity and were less likely to be overweight or obese. Children in safe neighbourhoods were engaged more in unsupervised sports.
Additional Information: http://www.pubmed.org/19086297