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Research Article

Safe To Walk? Neighborhood Safety and Physical Activity Among Public Housing Residents

  • Gary G Bennett mail,

    To whom correspondence should be addressed. E-mail: gary_bennett@dfci.harvard.edu

    Affiliations: Department of Society, Human Development and Health, Harvard School of Public Health, Boston, Massachusetts, United States of America, Center for Community-Based Research, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Boston, Massachusetts, United States of America

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  • Lorna H McNeill,

    Affiliation: Department of Health Disparities Research, University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, Texas, United States of America

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  • Kathleen Y Wolin,

    Affiliation: Department of Surgery, Washington University School of Medicine, St Louis, Missouri, United States of America

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  • Dustin T Duncan,

    Affiliations: Department of Society, Human Development and Health, Harvard School of Public Health, Boston, Massachusetts, United States of America, Center for Community-Based Research, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Boston, Massachusetts, United States of America

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  • Elaine Puleo,

    Affiliation: Department of Biostatistics and Epidemiology, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, Massachusetts, United States of America

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  • Karen M Emmons

    Affiliations: Department of Society, Human Development and Health, Harvard School of Public Health, Boston, Massachusetts, United States of America, Center for Community-Based Research, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Boston, Massachusetts, United States of America

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  • Published: October 23, 2007
  • DOI: 10.1371/journal.pmed.0040306
  • Featured in PLOS Collections

About the Authors

Gary G Bennett, Dustin T Duncan, Karen M Emmons
Department of Society, Human Development and Health, Harvard School of Public Health, Boston, Massachusetts, United States of America
Gary G Bennett, Dustin T Duncan, Karen M Emmons
Center for Community-Based Research, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Boston, Massachusetts, United States of America
Lorna H McNeill
Department of Health Disparities Research, University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, Texas, United States of America
Kathleen Y Wolin
Department of Surgery, Washington University School of Medicine, St Louis, Missouri, United States of America
Elaine Puleo
Department of Biostatistics and Epidemiology, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, Massachusetts, United States of America

Corresponding Author

Email: gary_bennett@dfci.harvard.edu

Competing Interests

The authors have declared that no competing interests exist.

Author Contributions

GGB, EP, LHM, and KME designed the study. GGB, KYW, and EP analyzed the data. DTD conducted the background research on the association between neighborhood safety and physical activity and suggested how the data should be analyzed. EP was the lead statistician on the project. KME was the principal investigator of the study. GGB supervised all scientific aspects of the work, including the development of this paper by Dr. Bennett. All authors contributed to writing the paper.