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Active, healthy cities ? how does population physical activity vary between Australian cities?

Bauman, Adrian, Curac, Nada, King, Lesley, Venugopal, Kamalesh and Merom, Dafna 2012, Active, healthy cities ? how does population physical activity vary between Australian cities?, Health promotion journal of Australia, vol. 23, no. 3, pp. 201-207.

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Title Active, healthy cities ? how does population physical activity vary between Australian cities?
Author(s) Bauman, Adrian
Curac, Nada
King, Lesley
Venugopal, Kamalesh
Merom, Dafna
Journal name Health promotion journal of Australia
Volume number 23
Issue number 3
Start page 201
End page 207
Total pages 7
Publisher Australian Health Promotion Association
Place of publication Maroochydore, Qld.
Publication date 2012
ISSN 1036-1073
Keyword(s) physical activity
healthy cities
active living
Summary Issue addressed: Despite recognition that urban infrastructure influences physical activity, there have been no comparisons between Australian city-level patterns of physical activity. This study ranked Australian cities in terms of adults? participation in leisure-time physical activity and examined city-level variations in activity trends between 2001 and 2009. Methods: Data on participation in leisure-time physical activity in adults (=15 years) between 2001 and 2009 were obtained from the Exercise Recreation and Sport Survey (ERASS), a computer-assisted telephone interview conducted to collect population-level sport participation information by the Australian Sports Commission. Data were analysed for respondents residing in the eight capital cities of Australia. The prevalence of meeting recommended ?health-enhancing physical activity? (HEPA) and levels of walking were calculated by age, gender and survey year. Multiple linear logistic regression analyses were used to compare cities. Results: Pooled data from 174,323 adults across years showed that Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth and Canberra residents were significantly more active than Sydney, Adelaide and Hobart residents in terms of HEPA. Hobart, Perth and Melbourne residents were significantly more likely to walk =5 sessions a week compared with their counterparts in other cities. HEPA and walking increased across most cities between 2001 and 2009. Conclusion: There are significant differences between Australian cities in physical activity and walking levels, over and above differences attributable to age, gender or educational levels. While this may be due to infrastructure differences, comparative information on indicators of the built environment and transport infrastructure are not available.
Language eng
Field of Research 119999 Medical and Health Sciences not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 970111 Expanding Knowledge in the Medical and Health Sciences
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
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