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Are Food Deserts Also Play Deserts?

Overview of attention for article published in Journal of Urban Health, March 2016
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  • In the top 25% of all research outputs scored by Altmetric
  • High Attention Score compared to outputs of the same age (87th percentile)
  • Above-average Attention Score compared to outputs of the same age and source (63rd percentile)

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Are Food Deserts Also Play Deserts?
Published in
Journal of Urban Health, March 2016
DOI 10.1007/s11524-015-0024-7
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Deborah A. Cohen, Gerald Hunter, Stephanie Williamson, Tamara Dubowitz


Although food deserts are areas that lack easy access to food outlets and considered a barrier to a healthy diet and a healthy weight among residents, food deserts typically comprise older urban areas which may have many parks and street configurations that could facilitate more physical activity. However, other conditions may limit the use of available facilities in these areas. This paper assesses the use of parks in two Pittsburgh food desert neighborhoods by using systematic observation. We found that while the local parks were accessible, they were largely underutilized. We surveyed local residents and found that only a minority considered the parks unsafe for use during the day, but a substantial proportion suffered from health limitations that interfered with physical activity. Residents also felt that parks lacked programming and other amenities that could potentially draw more park users. Parks programming and equipment in food desert areas should be addressed to account for local preferences and adjusted to meet the needs and limitations of local residents, especially seniors.

Mendeley readers

The data shown below were compiled from readership statistics for 35 Mendeley readers of this research output. Click here to see the associated Mendeley record.

Geographical breakdown

Country Count As %
Sweden 1 3%
Unknown 34 97%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Researcher 7 20%
Student > Ph. D. Student 6 17%
Student > Master 5 14%
Unspecified 3 9%
Student > Postgraduate 3 9%
Other 11 31%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Nursing and Health Professions 7 20%
Social Sciences 6 17%
Unspecified 6 17%
Medicine and Dentistry 4 11%
Psychology 3 9%
Other 9 26%

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This research output has an Altmetric Attention Score of 16. This is our high-level measure of the quality and quantity of online attention that it has received. This Attention Score, as well as the ranking and number of research outputs shown below, was calculated when the research output was last mentioned on 14 November 2018.
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