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SEQOL: Study of Employee Quality of Life SeqolLogo

Public health researchers have proposed that people who relocate their residences to mixed-use, pedestrian-friendly neighborhoods will be more active and may reduce their automobile travel. The Study of Employee Quality of Life (SEQOL study) was designed with a transdisciplinary team of researchers from Emory University, School of Public Health and the Georgia Institute of Technology to evaluate physical activity, nutrition, and transport behaviors of employees who relocated their site of employment into Atlantic Station, a mixed-use redevelopment in Atlanta, Georgia. The aims of this study were to:

  1. Characterize the demographic, behavioral, and attitudinal characteristics of employees who relocated this this site
  2. Describe their pre-move and post-move environmental work and residential settings
  3. Analyze employees' physical activity and transport behaviors before and after they relocated
  4. Identify individual and environmental predictors of changes in their physical activity, nutrition and transport behaviors

Both individual and environmental level data were collected including surveys, travel and activity diaries, environmental audits, geographic information systems, and accelerometry. Study findings will advance knowledge regarding ways to support healthy workplace design.

Publications:

Vargo J, Stone B, Glanz K. Google Walkability: A free and ready-to-use tool for local healthy planning? Journal of Physical Activity and Health, 9(5): 689-697, 2012.

Zook JB, Lu Y, Glanz K, Zimring C. Design and pedestrianism in a smart growth development. Environment and Behavior, 44: 216-234, 2012.

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