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Connecting qualitative research on exercise and environment to public health agendas requires an equity lens

Coen, Stephanie E.

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In this commentary, I respond to the special section in Health & Place (vol. 46) on “Exercise and environment: new qualitative work to link popular practice and public health” edited by Hitchings and Latham. I argue that if qualitative research is to effectively inform public health policy and practice it cannot ignore the fact that physical activity participation is inequitable. Without building in a critical equity lens, geographers risk perpetuating the “inequality paradox”—that is, the potential for population health interventions to inadvertently exacerbate health inequalities. Related to this, I challenge the editors’ assumption that geographers’ critiques of public health approaches to physical activity and our applied efforts to foster physical activity participation are mutually exclusive endeavours. Rather, I argue they are mutually necessary within a social justice agenda. Finally, I close this commentary by offering ways forward for qualitative research on exercise and environment to connect with public health agendas and inform interventions.

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date 2018-09
Journal Health & Place
Print ISSN 1353-8292
Publisher Elsevier
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 53
Pages 264-267
APA6 Citation Coen, S. E. (2018). Connecting qualitative research on exercise and environment to public health agendas requires an equity lens. Health and Place, 53, 264-267. doi:10.1016/j.healthplace.2017.09.005
DOI https://doi.org/10.1016/j.healthplace.2017.09.005
Keywords Geography, Planning and Development; Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health; Health(social science)
Publisher URL https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S135382921730789X
Additional Information This article is maintained by: Elsevier; Article Title: Connecting qualitative research on exercise and environment to public health agendas requires an equity lens; Journal Title: Health & Place; CrossRef DOI link to publisher maintained version: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.healthplace.2017.09.005; Content Type: simple-article; Copyright: © 2017 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

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