The importance of non-energy benefits in living environments for promoting stress-related health

Rika Yamaguchi, Natsuko Nagasawa, Ryuichi Kato, Hitomi Tsutsumi, Yukiko Matsuoka, Takashi Akimoto, Shin Ichi Tanabe

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Abstract

With an aging population and changes in social structure, health promotion has become an important factor in the daily lives of Japanese people. Based on the World Health Organization's definition of "health," there are two elements to improving an individual's health: eliminating physical factors in the living environment that are damaging to health and providing a satisfactory living environment. The objective of this study is to reveal the importance of considering non-energy benefits within the living environment. Based on a questionnaire survey administered online to 1,000 women in January 2012, cross-tabulation and covariance structure analysis was conducted on the relationship between living environments' physical/psychological factors and stress-related health. Structure analysis revealed that the two factors of living environment-physical and psychological-affected residents' health differently, revealing that consideration of non-energy benefits is important when creating health-promoting facilities.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationIndoor Air 2014 - 13th International Conference on Indoor Air Quality and Climate
PublisherInternational Society of Indoor Air Quality and Climate
Pages851-858
Number of pages8
Publication statusPublished - 2014
Event13th International Conference on Indoor Air Quality and Climate, Indoor Air 2014 - Hong Kong
Duration: 2014 Jul 72014 Jul 12

Other

Other13th International Conference on Indoor Air Quality and Climate, Indoor Air 2014
CityHong Kong
Period14/7/714/7/12

Keywords

  • Health promotion
  • Living environment
  • Non-energy benefit
  • Stress

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pollution
  • Building and Construction
  • Health, Toxicology and Mutagenesis
  • Computer Science Applications

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    Yamaguchi, R., Nagasawa, N., Kato, R., Tsutsumi, H., Matsuoka, Y., Akimoto, T., & Tanabe, S. I. (2014). The importance of non-energy benefits in living environments for promoting stress-related health. In Indoor Air 2014 - 13th International Conference on Indoor Air Quality and Climate (pp. 851-858). International Society of Indoor Air Quality and Climate.