PREHealth spans a wide range of multidisciplinary research from planning, public health, and ICT. We have put together a number of resources ourselves and of others that are related to our research topics and overall aims.
We are delighted to share information about the studies, products, tools, and events as they come to life.
Output 1: State of the Art Desk Research
Review of the available literature regarding a) the connection between the use of green and blue infrastructure in cities and health-related behaviour (social interaction, exercise, and active travel); b) the identification of the socio-economic profile of the city dwellers’ groups which are at risk because of lack of physical exercise in corroboration with other factors, such as high stress, long work hours, diet. The review was done within an international context (International Synthesis report) and within each participant country (National Reports).
International Synthesis Report
Output 2: Field Survey of open space user behavior
As part of the project PREHealth, face-to-face and online interviews were carried out in the four European participant cities: Darmstadt, Eindhoven, Athens and Györ. The objective of the interviews was to identify 1) the users of the open public spaces including their socio-demographic characteristics and lifestyle, 2) their patterns of behaviours on the space and 3) the benefits or improvements that the users expect from the use of the space.
Output 3: Open Space User Brochure
In order to communicate and disseminate the results of the first two outputs, two different formats were produced:
- Fact sheet per country, showing in brief the situation of the green and blue infrastructure and the patterns of behaviour of active recreation and active travel in each country.
- Best practices brochure, which shows best practice examples in each country regarding active usage of open public spaces.
Best practices Brochure
Output 4: Involving the decision-makers and the civil society in joint planning of open space improvements
The objective of this intellectual output is to involve the City Councils of the participating cities, the civil society, and other relevant organizations in joint planning of open space interventions, resulting in a programme of actions aimed to enhance the sustainability of selected open spaces in the city as resources offering varied opportunities for health and fitness.
Output 7: Adapt the devised education tools for use in Higher Education
The aim of this milestone was to develop location-based games (LBG) as part of an university course to a) study people’s use of green one spaces, b) promote health and physical activity, and c) give the students the possibility to develop a research mentality, as well as critical and creative thinking when proposing solutions to improve the urban open space. Architecture students developed the games (Apps) with the help of computer scientists from Utrecht and presented them to the public in Darmstadt.
Final selection of 4 location-based games
Download games here (Ger).