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Is park visitation associated with leisure-time and transportation physical activity?

Veitch, Jenny, Ball, Kylie, Crawford, David, Abbott, Gavin and Salmon, Jo 2013, Is park visitation associated with leisure-time and transportation physical activity?, Preventive medicine, vol. 57, no. 5, pp. 732-734.

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Title Is park visitation associated with leisure-time and transportation physical activity?
Author(s) Veitch, Jenny
Ball, Kylie
Crawford, David
Abbott, Gavin
Salmon, Jo
Journal name Preventive medicine
Volume number 57
Issue number 5
Start page 732
End page 734
Total pages 3
Publisher Elsevier
Place of publication Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Publication date 2013-11
ISSN 0091-7435
1096-0260
Keyword(s) park visitation
transportation
leisure-time physical activity
adults
disadvantaged neighbourhoods
Summary Objective
The aim of this study was to examine whether frequency of park visitation was associated with time spent in various domains of physical activity among adults living in a disadvantaged neighbourhood of Victoria, Australia.

Methods
In 2009, participants (n = 319) self-reported park visitation and physical activity including: walking and cycling for transport, leisure-time walking, leisure-time moderate- to vigorous-intensity physical activity, and total physical activity.

Results
The mean number of park visits per week was 3.3 (SD = 3.8). Park visitation was associated with greater odds of engaging in high (as compared to low) amounts of transportation physical activity, leisure-time walking, leisure-time moderate- to vigorous-intensity physical activity (MVPA) and total physical activity. Each additional park visit per week was associated with 23% greater odds of being in the high category for transportation physical activity, 26% greater odds of engaging in high amounts of leisure-time walking, 11% greater odds of engaging in MVPA, and 40% greater odds of high total physical activity.

Conclusions
Acknowledging the cross-sectional study design, the findings suggest that park visitation may be an important predictor and/or destination for transportation and leisure-time walking and physical activity. Findings highlight the potentially important role of parks for physical activity.
Language eng
Field of Research 110699 Human Movement and Sports Science not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 920401 Behaviour and Health
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2013, Elsevier
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30059581

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