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Does neighborhood green infrastructure (NGI) affect residents’ self-perceived health?

Mansor, Mazlina and Zakariya, Khalilah and Harun, Nor Zalina (2017) Does neighborhood green infrastructure (NGI) affect residents’ self-perceived health? Advanced Science Letters, 23 (4). pp. 2770-2773. ISSN 1936-6612 E-ISSN 1936-7317

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Abstract

Research has shown that physical inactivity is prevalent among urban residents. It is due to sedentary living and spending a little time on outdoor recreational activities. This study implies that nearby parks, green spaces or even activities on neighborhood streets can increase participation in the outdoors, thus improve health. The aim of the study was to investigate whether neighborhood green infrastructure (NGI) relates to urban residents’ self-perceive health. The findings were derived from 650 self-administered survey questionnaires, which were distributed to residents in Bandar Tun Razak. Findings suggest that the NGI encourages physical and recreational activities and satisfaction to health. Therefore, a connected NGI in towns and cities will increase the pursuit of a healthy lifestyle and promotes health equity. The unbroken sequential journey from home via tree-line streets and sidewalks with neighborhood open spaces and recreational park allows users to experience nature in the built environment. The health effects that are experienced by the urban residents will provide a basic framework to promote health by design. This finding can be translated into policy on health promotion in Malaysia through landscape design and planning of urban green spaces. Keywords: Neighborhood green infrastructure (NGI), Urban residents, Sequential experience, Health.

Item Type: Article (Journal)
Additional Information: 3283/57833
Uncontrolled Keywords: Neighborhood green infrastructure (NGI), Urban residents, Sequential experience, Health
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GV Recreation Leisure
H Social Sciences > HT Communities. Classes. Races > HT101 Urban groups. The city. Urban sociology
H Social Sciences > HT Communities. Classes. Races > HT51 Human settlements. Communities
Kulliyyahs/Centres/Divisions/Institutes (Can select more than one option. Press CONTROL button): Kulliyyah of Architecture and Environmental Design > Department of Landscape Architecture
Depositing User: Asst. Prof. Dr. Mazlina Mansor
Date Deposited: 01 Aug 2017 14:52
Last Modified: 18 Apr 2018 14:45
URI: http://irep.iium.edu.my/id/eprint/57833

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