This study continues on work conducted from 2012-15 exploring the role of the built environment in supporting healthy lifestyles. The built environment is defined as human-made surroundings, such as buildings, streets, and transportation systems, which support or hinder human activity. Although this topic has gained increasing attention from many researchers over the last several years, the influence of the environment on behaviors and health is not fully understood.
In this follow-up study, twin pairs who participated in the PAT study are contacted to participate in one week of follow-up data collection. All data collection is done entirely at home, and participants do not have to live within the Puget Sound to be eligible. Participants wear a GPS and an activity monitor, and complete questionnaires.