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Urban Photography Assignment

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Kristina Nicole Beasley

on 21 February 2014

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National Institute of Environmental Health. (2013). Obesity and the Built Environment. Retrieved from http://www.niehs.nih.gov/about/visiting/events/pastmtg/2004/built/

U. S. Department of Agriculture. (2013). Food Access. Retrieved from http://www.fns.usda.gov/wic/WIC-fact-sheet.pdf
Take at least 6 pictures and 2 video clips of your neighborhood as you see it. Incorporate concepts related to food/nutrition and built environments.
According to the National Institute of Environmental Health in 2013, the built environment encompasses all of the buildings, spaces, and products created or modified by people. The built environment contributes to obesity through access to food and physical activity.

In 2013, the United States Department of Agriculture defined the nutrition/food environment as factors such as store/restaurant proximity, food prices, food and nutrition assistance programs, and community characteristics to influence food choices and diet quality.

The following multimedia captures the nutrition/food and built environments of Laguna Niguel, California.
The city is home to various bike trails both on and off the road. City regulations on biking laws and rights are strictly enforced. Signs of bike x-ings, underground tunnels and designated bike lanes are common. This safe access allows community members to enjoy riding, as well as utilize biking as an alternate form of transportation.
Access to physical activity plays a large role in obesity prevention. Laguna Niguel is home to many accessible parks that are well suited for any age. There are also alternative style parks such as the city's skate park and beach volleyball court. Additionally, these parks are well lit and supervised, providing a safe environment for nighttime activities.

Urban Photography
Kristina Nicole Beasley

HESC 471: Obesity, Policy & Hispanic Communities
Community gardens are becoming more common in the city. This access to fresh produce provides community members the opportunity to gain greater control over their food. This also provides the opportunity for children to learn how to garden, and develop a deeper connection to their food. Various studies have proven children who participate in growing produce are more likely to consume it.
Even though there is high access to more nutritious choices, fast food chains are highly prevalent. Healthier choices are costly and often take time to prepare, fast food provides a quick and cheap meal. Additionally, these quick meals are often the only available option during late night hours.
Farmers markets are hosted throughout the week at various locations in the city. This access allows community members to get in touch with their farmers, shop locally, increase access to produce or products that are not commonly available in stores, and interact with other members.
This video captures one of the farmers markets in Laguna Niguel. You can see some of the food and products available, as well as the interactive environment children are enjoying.
Supermarkets offer a variety of fruits and vegetables, making fresh produce easily accessible. Organic produce is also common. Local health food stores, such as Mother's Market, house a restaurant that offers healthy meals. Although access is available, the cost can be high. Learning to navigate the various stores and purchasing whats on sale is a key affording produce!
The city also houses a man made lake that offers a safe area for walking, running, fishing, swimming, kayaking, etc. Lifeguards are on duty, and proper lighting is provided for non-water activities. This lake houses marathons, triathlons and other activities to promote physical fitness.
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