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Environments for Healthy Aging: Linking Prevention Research and Public Health Practice

University of North Carolina, Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention, 228 Indian Trail Rd, Chapel Hill, NC 27514. E-mail: .
Preventing chronic disease (Impact Factor: 1.96). 04/2013; 10:E55. DOI: 10.5888/pcd10.120244
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ABSTRACT Safe and well-designed community environments support healthful behaviors that help prevent chronic conditions and unintentional injuries and enable older adults to be active and engaged in community life for as long as possible. We describe the work of the Healthy Aging Research Network (HAN) and partners over the past decade to better understand place-based determinants of health and translate that knowledge to real-world practice, with a focus on environmental strategies. Using key components of the Knowledge to Action framework, we document the importance of a sustained, multidisciplinary, collaborative approach and ongoing interaction between researchers and communities. We share examples of practical tools and strategies designed to engage and support critical sectors with the potential to enhance the health and well-being of older adults and their communities. We conclude with a description of lessons learned in facilitating the translation of prevention research into practice.

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