Understanding and influencing physical activity to improve health outcomes

Owen, Neville, Spathonis, Kym and Leslie, Eva 2005, Understanding and influencing physical activity to improve health outcomes, in Walk 21 : Everyday walking culture : the 6th International Conference on Walking in the 21st Century, Walk21, Zurich, Switzerland.

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Title Understanding and influencing physical activity to improve health outcomes
Author(s) Owen, Neville
Spathonis, Kym
Leslie, Eva
Conference name International Conference on Walking in the 21st Century (6th : 2005 : Zurich, Switzerland)
Conference location Zurich, Switzerland
Conference dates 22 - 23 September 2005
Title of proceedings Walk 21 : Everyday walking culture : the 6th International Conference on Walking in the 21st Century
Publication date 2005
Publisher Walk21
Place of publication Zurich, Switzerland
Summary Participation in physical activity is associated with significant benefits to health. We provide an overview of research relevant to understanding and influencing health-enhancing physical activity in adults. We describe a behavioural epidemiology framework that is designed to integrate the range of studies in the field; give brief examples of studies on the relationships between physical activity and health outcomes; and, we consider descriptive studies of adult populations on levels of participation. We describe research findings on the correlates of physical activity participation; describe ecological models of health behaviour that may be used in understanding and influencing physical activity; and, we review research findings on how environmental attributes can influence adults’ physical activity, particularly walking. There is considerable potential to use evidence-based approaches to increase the physical activity levels of whole populations, particularly through a focus on developing the attributes of community environments that can promote walking.
Language eng
Field of Research 111799 Public Health and Health Services not elsewhere classified
HERDC Research category E2 Full written paper - non-refereed / Abstract reviewed
Copyright notice ©2005, Walk 21
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30014509

Document type: Conference Paper
Collection: School of Health and Social Development
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