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Is the association between park proximity and recreational physical activity among mid-older aged adults moderated by park quality and neighborhood conditions?

Van Cauwenberg, Jelle, Cerin, Ester, Timperio, Anna, Salmon, Jo, Deforche, Benedicte and Veitch, Jenny 2017, Is the association between park proximity and recreational physical activity among mid-older aged adults moderated by park quality and neighborhood conditions?, International journal of environmental research and public health, vol. 14, no. 2, pp. 1-11, doi: 10.3390/ijerph14020192.

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Title Is the association between park proximity and recreational physical activity among mid-older aged adults moderated by park quality and neighborhood conditions?
Author(s) Van Cauwenberg, Jelle
Cerin, Ester
Timperio, AnnaORCID iD for Timperio, Anna orcid.org/0000-0002-8773-5012
Salmon, JoORCID iD for Salmon, Jo orcid.org/0000-0002-4734-6354
Deforche, Benedicte
Veitch, JennyORCID iD for Veitch, Jenny orcid.org/0000-0001-8962-0887
Journal name International journal of environmental research and public health
Volume number 14
Issue number 2
Article ID 192
Start page 1
End page 11
Total pages 11
Publisher MDPI
Place of publication Basel, Switzerland
Publication date 2017-02-14
ISSN 1660-4601
Keyword(s) ecological model
environment design
motor activity
retirement
social environment
walking
Aged
Cross-Sectional Studies
Exercise
Female
Humans
Male
Middle Aged
Parks, Recreational
Residence Characteristics
Self Report
Victoria
Summary Previous studies have reported mixed findings on the relationship between park proximity and recreational physical activity (PA), which could be explained by park quality and the surrounding neighborhood environment. We examined whether park quality and perceptions of the neighborhood physical and social environment moderated associations between park proximity and recreational PA among mid-older aged adults. Cross-sectional self-reported data on park proximity, park quality, neighborhood physical and social environmental factors, recreational walking and other moderate- to vigorous-intensity recreational physical activity (MVPA) were collected among 2700 Australian adults (57-69 years) in 2012. Main effects between park proximity and measures of recreational PA were non-significant. Park proximity was positively related to engagement in recreational walking among participants who reported average and high social trust and cohesion, but not among those reporting low social trust and cohesion. No other moderating effects were observed. Current findings suggest synergistic relationships between park proximity and social trust and cohesion with mid-older aged adults' recreational walking. More research is needed to unravel the complex relationship between parks, recreational PA and the social context of neighborhoods.
Language eng
DOI 10.3390/ijerph14020192
Field of Research 110699 Human Movement and Sports Science not elsewhere classified
MD Multidisciplinary
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 ARC DP 1095595
Copyright notice ©2017, The Authors
Free to Read? Yes
Use Rights Creative Commons Attribution licence
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30093722

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