Neighborhood Environment Walkability Scale – Youth (NEWS-Y)


Author of Tool: 

Brian E. Saelens, Ph.D.

Key references: 

Rosenberg, D. Ding, D., Sallis, J.F., Kerr, J., Norman, G.J., Durant, N., Harris, S.K., & Saelens,
B.E. (2009). Neighborhood environment walkability scale for youth (NEWS-Y): Reliability and relationship with physical activity. Preventive Medicine, 49, 213-218.

Primary use / Purpose: 

The NEWS-Y is a 67-question instrument that measures perception of neighborhood design features that may be related to physical activity in youth.


The tool assesses residential density, land use mix (including indices of proximity and accessibility), street connectivity, infrastructure for walking/cycling, neighborhood aesthetics, and traffic and crime safety. There are separate self-administered versions for parents and adolescents (aged 11 and above).

The NEWS-Y instrument was derived from the NEWS-A, adaptations were made based on interviews with youth and parents, and it was tested in the Active Where? Study.


The NEWS-Y was created in an attempt to provide a more succinct and empirically-derived measure of various aspects of the built environment we purport to be related to walking in youth. The results of multi-level confirmatory factor analysis, based on data from the Neighborhood Quality of Life Study, are reported elsewhere (see Cerin, E., Saelens, B.E., Sallis, J.F., & Frank, L.D. (2006).



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