Distinguished Professor Emeritus, Herbert Wertheim School of Public Health and Human Longevity Science, University of California, San Diego
Professorial Fellow, Australian Catholic University, Melbourne

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Neighborhood Quality of Life Study (NQLS) Survey


The Neighborhood Quality of Life Study (NQLS), conducted between 2001-2005, was designed to identify environmental correlates of physical activity. This observational study of 2,200 adults aged 20-65 randomly selected from 32 neighborhoods in two regions of the U.S. developed new paradigms and measures for studying built environment associations with health behaviors. 

Main Citation

Sallis, J.F., Saelens, B.E., Frank, L.D., Conway, T.L., Slymen, D.J., Cain, K.L., Chapman, J.E., and Kerr, J.  (2009).  Neighborhood built environment and income: Examining multiple health outcomes.  Social Science and Medicine, 68, 1285-1293.  doi:10.1016/j.socscimed.2009.01.017

Frank, L.D., Sallis, J.F., Saelens, B.E., Leary, L., Cain, K., Conway, T.L., and Hess, P.M.  (2010).  The development of a walkability index: Application to the Neighborhood Quality of Life Study.  British Journal of Sports Medicine, 43, 124-131. Link


Time 1 Survey with references included


Survey of residents to assess the relation between one's neighborhood, quality of life, health, and physical activity.    

Time 2 Survey with references included

  Follow-up survey, conducted 6 months after the time 1 survey.    


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