Associations of location and perceived environmental attrubutes with walking in neighborhoods

Humpel, Nancy, Owen, Neville, Leslie, Eva, Marshall, Alison L., Bauman, Adrian E. and Sallis, James F. 2004, Associations of location and perceived environmental attrubutes with walking in neighborhoods, American journal of health promotion : AJHP, vol. 18, no. 3, pp. 239-242.

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Title Associations of location and perceived environmental attrubutes with walking in neighborhoods
Author(s) Humpel, Nancy
Owen, Neville
Leslie, Eva
Marshall, Alison L.
Bauman, Adrian E.
Sallis, James F.
Journal name American journal of health promotion : AJHP
Volume number 18
Issue number 3
Start page 239
End page 242
Publisher M.P. 0'Donnell
Place of publication Royal Oak, Mich.
Publication date 2004-01
ISSN 0890-1171
Keyword(s) environmental health
coastal ecology
location analysis
Summary Purpose. Ecological models highlight the importance of environmental influences. We examined associations of coastal versus noncoastal location and perceived environmental attributes with neighborhood walking, total walking, and total activity.

Methods. Telephone interviews with 800 faculty and general staff of an Australian university.

Results. Men were significantly more likely to walk in their neighborhood if they lived in a coastal location (odds ratio [OR] = 1.66), and they highly rated environmental "aesthetics" (OR = 1.91), "convenience" of facilities (OR = 2.20), and "access" to facilities (OR = 1.98). For women, neighborhood walking was associated with high ratings of "convenience" (OR = 3. 78) but was significantly less likely if they had high ratings for "access" (OR = 0.48). For total walking and total physical activity, few significant associations emerged.

Conclusions. Environmental attributes were related to walking in the neighborhood but not to more general activity indices. Understanding gender-specific environmental correlates of physical activity should be a priority. Key Words: Walking; Physical Activity; Environment; Perceptions; Prevention.
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
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