The Brown Expansion Evaluation Project (BEEP), Brown In Balance, and campus-wide WebMD™ Health Risk Assessment are coalescing at a time when there is growing interest in evidence supporting decisions and dollars being spent on building design and construction, wellness staff, and efforts to improve employee health while also reducing health care costs.
This Health Impact Assessment (HIA) includes opinions of residents near the proposed routes gathered through community meetings and focus groups, and existing census data and health surveys to make projections on how the two potential light-rail routes will affect physical activity and obesity due to possible increased walking. Increased access to health services is another factor to be measured.
The purpose of PARCS (Park Activity, Recreation and Community Study) is to characterize the spatio-temporal patterns of use, and multi-level determinants of use of large metropolitan parks (specifically, Forest Park, St. Louis). Park access and use are known to have multiple benefits for health, well-being and quality of life. As such, identifying the factors that influence park use in communities can help identify and implement strategies to improve park access equity.
The St. Vincent Greenway is a bike and pedestrian-friendly path that will eventually connect the University of Missouri -St. Louis and North St. Louis County with Forest Park. The goal of the project is to evaluate the extension of the greenway in the West End neighborhood for its influence on sustainability and health behaviors.
The SCOPE project compares legislative databases for comprehensiveness and usability; researches state childhood obesity legislation and the predictors of enactment; and interviews state legislators to determine barriers and facilitators of introducing and enacting legislation relevant to childhood obesity.
The Supports at Home and Work for Maintaining Energy Balance (SHOW-ME) Study is part of the Transdisciplinary Research on Energetics and Cancer (TREC) Center at Washington University in St. Louis. TREC brings together a broad base of nationally and internationally recognized investigators in their disciplinary focus areas to lead transdisciplinary research across the life course on cancer and obesity.