Features of public open spaces and physical activity among children : findings from the CLAN study

Timperio, Anna, Giles-Corti, Billie, Crawford, David, Andrianopoulos, Nick, Ball, Kylie, Salmon, Jo and Hume, Clare 2008, Features of public open spaces and physical activity among children : findings from the CLAN study, Preventive medicine, vol. 47, no. 5, pp. 514-518, doi: 10.1016/j.ypmed.2008.07.015.

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Title Features of public open spaces and physical activity among children : findings from the CLAN study
Author(s) Timperio, AnnaORCID iD for Timperio, Anna orcid.org/0000-0002-8773-5012
Giles-Corti, Billie
Crawford, DavidORCID iD for Crawford, David orcid.org/0000-0002-2467-7556
Andrianopoulos, Nick
Ball, KylieORCID iD for Ball, Kylie orcid.org/0000-0003-2893-8415
Salmon, JoORCID iD for Salmon, Jo orcid.org/0000-0002-4734-6354
Hume, Clare
Journal name Preventive medicine
Volume number 47
Issue number 5
Start page 514
End page 518
Total pages 5
Publisher Academic Press
Place of publication San Diego, Calif.
Publication date 2008-11
ISSN 0091-7435
Keyword(s) physical activity
Summary Objective : To examine associations between features of public open spaces, and children's physical activity.
Participants : 163 children aged 8–9 years and 334 adolescents aged 13–15 years from Melbourne, Australia participated in 2004.
Methods : A Geographic Information System was used to identify all public open spaces (POS) within 800 m of participants' homes and their closest POS. The features of all POS identified were audited in 2004/5. Accelerometers measured moderate-to-vigorous physical activity (MVPA) after school and on weekends. Linear regression analyses examined associations between features of the closest POS and participants' MVPA.
Results : Most participants had a POS within 800 m of their home. The presence of playgrounds was positively associated with younger boys' weekend MVPA (B = 24.9 min/day; p ≤ 0.05), and lighting along paths was inversely associated with weekend MVPA (B = − 54.9 min/day; p ≤ 0.05). The number of recreational facilities was inversely associated with younger girls' MVPA after school (B = − 2.6 min/day; p ≤ 0.05) and on the weekend (B = − 8.7 min/day; p ≤ 0.05). The presence of trees providing shade (5.8 min/day, p ≤ 0.01) and signage regarding dogs (B = 6.8 min/day, p ≤ 0.05) were positively associated with adolescent girls' MVPA after school.
Conclusion : Certain features of POS were associated with participants' MVPA, although mixed associations were evident. Further research is required to clarify these complex relationships.
Language eng
DOI 10.1016/j.ypmed.2008.07.015
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Field of Research 111701 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health
Socio Economic Objective 920205 Health Education and Promotion
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
HERDC collection year 2008
Copyright notice ©2008, Elsevier
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30017801

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