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Associations of location and perceived environmental attrubutes with walking in neighborhoods

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posted on 2004-01-01, 00:00 authored by N Humpel, N Owen, Evie Leslie, A Marshall, A Bauman, J Sallis
Purpose. Ecological models highlight the importance of environmental influences. We examined associations of coastal versus noncoastal location and perceived environmental attributes with neighborhood walking, total walking, and total activity.

Methods. Telephone interviews with 800 faculty and general staff of an Australian university.

Results. Men were significantly more likely to walk in their neighborhood if they lived in a coastal location (odds ratio [OR] = 1.66), and they highly rated environmental "aesthetics" (OR = 1.91), "convenience" of facilities (OR = 2.20), and "access" to facilities (OR = 1.98). For women, neighborhood walking was associated with high ratings of "convenience" (OR = 3. 78) but was significantly less likely if they had high ratings for "access" (OR = 0.48). For total walking and total physical activity, few significant associations emerged.

Conclusions. Environmental attributes were related to walking in the neighborhood but not to more general activity indices. Understanding gender-specific environmental correlates of physical activity should be a priority. Key Words: Walking; Physical Activity; Environment; Perceptions; Prevention.

History

Journal

American journal of health promotion : AJHP

Volume

18

Issue

3

Pagination

239 - 242

Publisher

M.P. 0'Donnell

Location

Royal Oak, Mich.

ISSN

0890-1171

eISSN

2168-6602

Language

eng

Publication classification

C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal

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