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Am J Public Health. 2010 Apr;100(4):654-60. doi: 10.2105/AJPH.2009.172031. Epub 2010 Feb 18.

Physical activity resources and changes in walking in a cohort of older men.

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  • 1Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, Drexel University School of Public Health, Philadelphia, PA 19102-1192, USA. yvonne.l.michael@drexel.edu

Abstract

OBJECTIVES:

We evaluated the influence of physical activity resources and neighborhood-level socioeconomic status (SES) on walking among community-dwelling older men.

METHODS:

Participants reported time walked per day at baseline (2000-2002) and follow-up. Residential addresses were linked to a geographic information system database to assess proximity to parks, trails, and recreational facilities. Log-binomial regression analyses were conducted to test the hypothesis that men living near physical activity resources were more likely to increase or maintain time walked.

RESULTS:

Average time walked per day declined by 6 minutes between baseline and follow-up (P < .05). There was a significant interaction of neighborhood SES and physical activity with walking time (P < .1). Proximity to parks and proximity to trails, respectively, were associated with a 22% (95% confidence interval [CI] = 1.01, 1.47) and 34% (95% CI = 1.16, 1.55) higher likelihood of maintaining or increasing walking time in high-SES neighborhoods, but there was no association in low-SES neighborhoods. Proximity to recreational facilities was not associated with walking.

CONCLUSIONS:

Uncovering reasons that proximity to parks and trails is not associated with maintenance of walking activity among men in low-SES neighborhoods could provide new insight into ways to promote physical activity.

PMID:
20167887
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PMCID:
PMC2836350
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