Public open spaces and leisure-time walking in Brazilian adults

Florindo, Alex Antonio, Barrozo, Ligia Vizeu, Cabral-Miranda, William, Rodrigues, Eduardo Quieroti, Turrell, Gavin, Goldbaum, Moisés, Cesar, Chester Luiz Galvão and Giles-Corti, Billie 2017, Public open spaces and leisure-time walking in Brazilian adults, International journal of environmental research and public health, vol. 14, no. 6, pp. 1-12, doi: 10.3390/ijerph14060553.

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Title Public open spaces and leisure-time walking in Brazilian adults
Author(s) Florindo, Alex Antonio
Barrozo, Ligia Vizeu
Cabral-Miranda, William
Rodrigues, Eduardo Quieroti
Turrell, GavinORCID iD for Turrell, Gavin orcid.org/0000-0002-3576-8744
Goldbaum, Moisés
Cesar, Chester Luiz Galvão
Giles-Corti, Billie
Journal name International journal of environmental research and public health
Volume number 14
Issue number 6
Article ID 553
Start page 1
End page 12
Total pages 12
Publisher MDPI
Place of publication Basel, Switzerland
Publication date 2017
ISSN 1660-4601
Keyword(s) Brazil
Adults
Built environment
Leisure-time walking
Public open spaces
Science & Technology
Life Sciences & Biomedicine
Environmental Sciences
Public, Environmental & Occupational Health
Environmental Sciences & Ecology
Summary Access to public open space is important to increase leisure-time walking (LTW) in high-income countries, but there is little evidence in middle-income countries. We conducted a cross-sectional analysis to examine the relationship between LTW and the presence of different public open spaces (parks, bike paths, and squares) and the mix of these recreational destinations near the homes of adults participating in the Sao Paulo Health Survey (n = 3145). LTW was evaluated by a questionnaire. We delineated buffers (500, 1000, and 1500 m) from the geographic coordinates of the adults' residential addresses using a geographic information system. We used multilevel logistic regression taking account of clustering by census tracts and households, and with adjustment for social, demographics, and health characteristics. The main results showed that the presence of at least two recreational destinations within a 500-m buffer of participants' homes were associated with an increased odds of LTW compared with no destinations present (OR = 1.65; 95% CI 1.09-2.55). No associations were found for destinations further away. These results support actions outlined in the new urban plan for Sao Paulo city and could be used to highlight the importance access to a mix of public open spaces to promote physical activity in megacities of middle-income countries.
Language eng
DOI 10.3390/ijerph14060553
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Field of Research MD Multidisciplinary
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2017, the authors
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