Journal of Japan Society of Civil Engineers, Ser. D3 (Infrastructure Planning and Management)
Online ISSN : 2185-6540
ISSN-L : 2185-6540
Infrastructure Planning and Management Vol.34 (Special Issue)
THE CAUSAL MODEL OF LINKAGES AMONG REGIONAL ENVIRONMENT AND PHYSICAL/MENTAL HEALTH: A STUDY BASED ON BMI AND HEALTH-RELATED QOL
Bunchiku SAIHidetaka MORIAyako TANIGUCHIMamoru TANIGUCHI
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2017 Volume 73 Issue 5 Pages I_355-I_366

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In recent years, policies have been proposed to alleviate lifestyle-related diseases and to extend the human lifespan by improving urban environments. This research specifically analyzes the causal relation between the community environment and residents' physical and mental health. Therefore, this study applied a questionnaire about self-health awareness and physical health, community environment, daily routine, etc. Additionally, the research uses health indexes such as body mass index (BMI) and health-related quality of life (HRQOL) as evaluation standards. Results suggest the following. 1) An improved community environment, such as satisfactory public transportation system or public garden, tends to be non-obesity and foster a healthy mental state. 2) Health-awareness directly affects residents' physical and mental health.

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