New techniques and issues in assessing walking behavior and its contexts

Freedson, Patty S., Brendley, Keith, Ainsworth, Barbara E., Kohl, Harold W. III, Leslie, Eva and Owen, Neville 2008, New techniques and issues in assessing walking behavior and its contexts, Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise, vol. 40, no. 7, Supplement, pp. S574-S583, doi: 10.1249/MSS.0b013e31817c71e7.

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Title New techniques and issues in assessing walking behavior and its contexts
Author(s) Freedson, Patty S.
Brendley, Keith
Ainsworth, Barbara E.
Kohl, Harold W. III
Leslie, Eva
Owen, Neville
Journal name Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise
Volume number 40
Issue number 7
Season Supplement
Start page S574
End page S583
Publisher Lippincott Williams & Wilkins
Place of publication Philadelphia, Pa.
Publication date 2008-07
ISSN 0195-9131
Keyword(s) metabolic responses
built environment
new technologies
Summary In the first section of this article, we discuss the metabolic responses to walking by describing the economy of walking during different locomotion velocities. Gender, weight status, and growth effects on metabolic responses to walking are reviewed. In the second section, we examine the use of technology to assess walking patterns and behavior in the community. We use an engineering approach for understanding how to measure objects that move, and these methods are used to assess walking used in transportation. In the third part of the paper, we summarize self-report methods that have been used to assess walking behavior and highlight the strengths and weaknesses of these methods. We illustrate how self-report methods are used to quantify walking behavior in the surveillance systems that are now widely used to ascertain walking prevalence and temporal changes in different populations. In the final section, we discuss ways of measuring the walkability of neighborhoods and the community to understand the influence of the built environment on walking behavior.
Language eng
DOI 10.1249/MSS.0b013e31817c71e7
Field of Research 111712 Health Promotion
Socio Economic Objective 920299 Health and Support Services not elsewhere classified
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
Copyright notice ©2008, American College of Sports Medicine
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