The Built Environment

Urbanization, the built environment, and environmental exposures can create an environment that does not favour physical activity and exercise. Limited green space, or difficult access to green space can be a challenge for a physically active lifestyle. Exercising in heat levels above an individual’s tolerable threshold can lead to dehydration, heat exhaustion, and in rare cases, death. Noise is another thread that negatively affects our health, consciously and unconsciously. We are also constantly bombarded by visible and invisible particles that are inhaled at greater doses when we are physically active. The sources for environmental pollutants vary. Exposure  may come from car exhaust and friction from car tires on the road, smoke from wildfires, or dust from industrial areas, but all have deleterious effects on health.

  • Physical Environment


First Nations land acknowledegement

The UBC Point Grey campus is situated on the traditional, ancestral, and unceded territory of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm.

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