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Infographic:The effects of residential relocation on walking, physical activity and travel behaviour
  1. Ding Ding1,2,
  2. Chloë Williamson3,
  3. Binh Nguyen1,2,
  4. Vincent Learnihan4,
  5. Adrian E Bauman1,2,5,
  6. Rachel Davey4,
  7. Bin Jalaludin6,
  8. Klaus Gebel1,2,7,8
  1. 1 Prevention Research Collaboration, Sydney School of Public Health, University of Sydney, Camperdown, New South Wales, Australia
  2. 2 The Charles Perkins Centre, University of Sydney, Camperdown, New South Wales, Australia
  3. 3 Physical Activity for Health Research Centre, University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, UK
  4. 4 Health Research Institute, University of Canberra, Canberra, Australian Capital Territory, Australia
  5. 5 Faculty of Kinesiology, University of Zagreb, Zagreb, Croatia
  6. 6 Epidemiology Group, Healthy People and Places Unit, South Western Sydney Local Health District, Liverpool, New South Wales, Australia
  7. 7 School of Behavioural and Health Sciences, Faculty of Health Sciences, Australian Catholic University, North Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
  8. 8 Centre for Chronic Disease Prevention, College of Public Health, Medical and Veterinary Sciences, James Cook University, Smithfield, Queensland, Australia
  1. Correspondence to Dr Ding Ding, Prevention Research Collaboration, Charles PerkinsCentre, Sydney School of Public Health, University of Sydney, Camperdown, NSW 2006, Australia; melody.ding{at}

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Increasing evidence suggests that attributes of neighbourhood environments may play an important role in physical activity.1 2 However, nearly all studies in the field are cross-sectional and are subject to substantial bias.3 Residential relocation provides an opportunity for natural experiments where relocating to a new neighbourhood may ‘interrupt’ habitual behaviours and help establish new behavioural patterns.4

We conducted a systematic review on the effects of residential relocation on physical activity, walking and travel behaviour (PROSPERO registration number CRD42017077681, available at We found 23 …

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  • Contributors CW designed the infographic. DD drafted the text. All authors contributed to the design of the infographic and approved the final version for submission.

  • Funding The authors have not declared a specific grant for this research from any funding agency in the public, commercial or not-for-profit sectors

  • Competing interests None declared.

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