Park availability and physical activity, TV time, and overweight and obesity among women: findings from Australia and the United States

Veitch, Jenny, Abbott, Gavin, Kaczynski, Andrew T., Wilhelm Stanis, Sonja A., Besenyi, Gina M. and Lamb, Karen E. 2016, Park availability and physical activity, TV time, and overweight and obesity among women: findings from Australia and the United States, Health and place, vol. 38, pp. 96-102, doi: 10.1016/j.healthplace.2015.12.004.

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Title Park availability and physical activity, TV time, and overweight and obesity among women: findings from Australia and the United States
Author(s) Veitch, JennyORCID iD for Veitch, Jenny orcid.org/0000-0001-8962-0887
Abbott, GavinORCID iD for Abbott, Gavin orcid.org/0000-0003-4014-0705
Kaczynski, Andrew T.
Wilhelm Stanis, Sonja A.
Besenyi, Gina M.
Lamb, Karen E.ORCID iD for Lamb, Karen E. orcid.org/0000-0001-9782-8450
Journal name Health and place
Volume number 38
Start page 96
End page 102
Total pages 7
Publisher Elsevier
Place of publication Oxford, Eng.
Publication date 2016-03
ISSN 1873-2054
Keyword(s) Availability
Overweight
Parks
Physical activity
Television viewing time
Women
Science & Technology
Life Sciences & Biomedicine
Public, Environmental & Occupational Health
URBAN GREEN SPACE
BODY-MASS INDEX
SEDENTARY BEHAVIOR
NEIGHBORHOOD WALKABILITY
WEIGHT STATUS
LEISURE-TIME
BUILT ENVIRONMENTS
LIFE-STYLE
ADULTS
Summary This study examined relationships between three measures of park availability and self-reported physical activity (PA), television viewing (TV) time, and overweight/obesity among women from Australia and the United States. Having more parks near home was the only measure of park availability associated with an outcome. Australian women (n=1848) with more parks near home had higher odds of meeting PA recommendations and lower odds of being overweight/obese. In the US sample (n=489), women with more parks near home had lower odds of watching >4h TV per day. A greater number of parks near home was associated with lower BMI among both Australian and US women. Evidence across diverse contexts provides support to improve park availability to promote PA and other health behaviors.
Language eng
DOI 10.1016/j.healthplace.2015.12.004
Field of Research 110699 Human Movement and Sports Science not elsewhere classified
1117 Public Health And Health Services
1604 Human Geography
Socio Economic Objective 920401 Behaviour and Health
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
Grant ID NHMRC 374241
Copyright notice ©2016, Elsevier
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30081300

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