Perceived environment attributes, residential locaction, and walking for particular purposes

Humpel, Nancy, Owen, Neville, Iverson, Don, Leslie, Eva and Bauman, Adrian 2004, Perceived environment attributes, residential locaction, and walking for particular purposes, American journal of preventive medicine, vol. 26, no. 2, pp. 119-125.

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Title Perceived environment attributes, residential locaction, and walking for particular purposes
Author(s) Humpel, Nancy
Owen, Neville
Iverson, Don
Leslie, Eva
Bauman, Adrian
Journal name American journal of preventive medicine
Volume number 26
Issue number 2
Start page 119
End page 125
Publisher Elesvier Inc
Place of publication New York, N.Y.
Publication date 2004
ISSN 0749-3797
1873-2607
Summary Background
Identifying environmental factors that can influence physical activity is a public health priority. We examined associations of perceived environmental attributes with walking for four different purposes: general neighborhood walking, walking for exercise, walking for pleasure, and walking to get to and from places.

Methods
Participants (n =399; 57% women) were surveyed by mail. They reported place of residence, walking behaviors, and perceptions of neighborhood environmental attributes.

Results
Men with the most positive perceptions of neighborhood “aesthetics” were significantly more likely (odds ratio [OR]=7.4) to be in the highest category of neighborhood walking. Men who perceived the weather as not inhibiting their walking were much more likely (OR=4.7) to be high exercise walkers. Women who perceived the weather as not inhibiting their walking were significantly more likely to be high neighborhood walkers (OR=3.8) and those with moderate perceptions of “accessibility” were much more likely to do more walking for pleasure (OR=3.5).

Conclusions
Different environmental attributes were associated with different types of walking and these differed between men and women. Approaches to increasing physical activity might usefully focus on those attributes of the local environment that might influence particular subsets of walking behavior.
Language eng
Field of Research 111799 Public Health and Health Services not elsewhere classified
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2004, American Journal of Preventive Medicine
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30009105

Document type: Journal Article
Collection: School of Health and Social Development
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