Environment & Policy Laboratory

"The Environment & Policy Laboratory aims to increase physical activity through environmental improvements and public policy. We use a variety of cutting-edge measurement techniques including a NASA-developed imaging system to document neighborhood attributes, accelerometry to objectively measure physical activity, and mobile phone apps to quantify daily lived experiences. Data on attributes such as community walkability, access to affordable healthy food, and utilization of parks and playgrounds are used to explain how people interact with their environments, and how this exposure affects their physical activity, health, and wellness across the lifespan. Working with community organizations, city planners and policy makers, our ultimate goal is to help eliminate health inequities.”
— Dr. Natalie Colabianchi, Director and Associate Professor of Applied Exercise Science

Kids on a playground


OBL 1150
1402 Washington Hts.
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-2013