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Active use of parks in Flanders (Belgium): an exploratory observational study

Van Hecke, Linde, Van Cauwenberg, Jelle, Clarys, Peter, Van Dyck, Delfien, Veitch, Jenny and Deforche, Benedicte 2017, Active use of parks in Flanders (Belgium): an exploratory observational study, International journal of environmental research and public health, vol. 14, no. 1, Article number: 35, pp. 1-15, doi: 10.3390/ijerph14010035.

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Title Active use of parks in Flanders (Belgium): an exploratory observational study
Author(s) Van Hecke, Linde
Van Cauwenberg, Jelle
Clarys, Peter
Van Dyck, Delfien
Veitch, JennyORCID iD for Veitch, Jenny orcid.org/0000-0001-8962-0887
Deforche, Benedicte
Journal name International journal of environmental research and public health
Volume number 14
Issue number 1
Season Article number: 35
Start page 1
End page 15
Total pages 15
Publisher MDPI AG
Place of publication Basel, Switzerland
Publication date 2017-01
ISSN 1661-7827
1660-4601
Keyword(s) SOPARC
active living
direct observation
physical activity
recreation
Summary Parks have the potential to increase physical activity at the community level by providing opportunities to be active. In order to inform interventions to promote physical activity in parks, insight is needed concerning park user characteristics, the activity level of park users, the types of activities performed and associations between park areas and temporal variables with observed physical activity levels. Park user characteristics (sex, age, ethnicity and activity level) were recorded within pre-defined park areas in two parks in Ghent (Belgium) using the System for Observing Play and Recreation in Communities (SOPARC). Most park users were male, adult, and engaged in vigorous-intensity physical activity (48%). Most popular activities were biking (38%), sitting (23%) and walking (15%); accordingly, trails were used most and had the highest levels of physical activity compared to other park areas. Parks were used least frequently in the morning, during the weekend and by seniors. Therefore, active park use during morning periods, on weekend days and by seniors should be promoted and urban planners should consider that different park areas can possibly elicit varying activity levels among park users.
Language eng
DOI 10.3390/ijerph14010035
Field of Research 111708 Health and Community Services
Socio Economic Objective 920499 Public Health (excl. Specific Population Health) not elsewhere classified
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
Copyright notice ©2016, The Authors
Free to Read? Yes
Use Rights Creative Commons Attribution licence
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30091026

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