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.

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Title Features of public open spaces and physical activity among children : findings from the CLAN study
Author(s) Timperio, Anna
Giles-Corti, Billie
Crawford, David
Andrianopoulos, Nick
Ball, Kylie
Salmon, Jo
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
1096-0260
Keyword(s) physical activity
environment
youth
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
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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