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An in-depth pilot study on patterns, destinations, and purposes of walking in Hong Kong older adults

Barnett,A, Cerin, Ester, Cheung,MC and Chan,WM 2015, An in-depth pilot study on patterns, destinations, and purposes of walking in Hong Kong older adults, Journal of aging and physical activity, vol. 23, no. 1, pp. 144-152, doi: 10.1123/japa.2013-0026.

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Title An in-depth pilot study on patterns, destinations, and purposes of walking in Hong Kong older adults
Author(s) Barnett,A
Cerin, Ester
Cheung,MC
Chan,WM
Journal name Journal of aging and physical activity
Volume number 23
Issue number 1
Start page 144
End page 152
Total pages 29
Publisher Human Kinetics Publishers Inc.
Place of publication Lincoln, Neb.
Publication date 2015-01-01
ISSN 1543-267X
Summary Walking is a suitable activity for older adults and has physical and mental health benefits. To devise interventions that impact on levels of walking it is necessary to first understand the purposes for which people walk and the destinations to which they walk. Using a 7-day diary and accelerometry, this study investigated destinations and purposes of walking in older adult residents of an ultra-dense Asian city. Participants reported an average of 17.1 walking trips per week and total weekly accelerometer/diary determined trip walking time averaged 735 minutes per week, much higher than reported for older adults in non-Asian settings. The most common destinations were within the neighborhood: parks and streets for recreation walking and shops and eating places for transport-related walking. Errands and eating were the most common purposes for transportation trips. The study results can help inform urban design to encourage walking.
Language eng
DOI 10.1123/japa.2013-0026
Field of Research 110699 Human Movement and Sports Science not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 970111 Expanding Knowledge in the Medical and Health Sciences
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
Copyright notice ©2014, Human Kinetics Publishers Inc.
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30068135

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