Health Promoting Environments
The Stanford Healthy Neighborhood Discovery Tool was developed by Prof. Abby King (a professor of medicine and health research and policy) and her team at the Stanford Healthy Aging Research and Technology Solutions (HARTS) Lab. The team designed the tool to be used by older adults to identify features of their local environment that have an impact on healthy living.
Create age-friendly environments by capturing and analyzing information on the accessibility and safety of environments to promote healthy active lifestyles among older adults.
This project is part of "Our Voice," an international initiative promoting healthy and age friendly environments spearheaded by the Stanford Prevention Research Center (SPARC) at Stanford University's School of Medicine. This innovative project empowers citizens with technology to have an impact on policy decisions that affect the built environment. "Citizen Scientists" use technology like geo-coded photographs and GPS-tracked walking routes to assess their neighborhoods, and leverage the results to promote active living and healthy eating.
Eshel is using this technology to empower older adults to assess the safety and accessibility of their own communities. Through this technology, participants identify barriers to physical activity and good nutrition along with age friendly attributes of their neighborhoods such stable paths and suitable benches for resting.
In 2014, Eshel adapted the tool for the Israeli context and conducted a feasibility pilot in three cities in Northern Israel. The program resulted in recommendations for improving the neighborhood which were presented by the participants to the municipalities. The tool was useful in both Jewish and Arab populations. In 2018, Eshel will expand the project to 10 additional cities (approximately 30 neighborhoods) throughout Israel.
- Adopt good behavior for healthy, independent and participatory living
- Reduce risks for illness, functional decline and disability
- Optimal physical and cognitive ability
- Access to tools that advance independence and autonomy
- Inclusion within the community