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Int J Behav Nutr Phys Act. 2012 Mar 27;9:33. doi: 10.1186/1479-5868-9-33.

The perception of the neighborhood environment changes after participation in a pedometer based community intervention.

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  • 1Centre of Health, German Sport University Cologne, Cologne, Germany. wallmann@dshs-koeln.de

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

The aim of this study was to investigate whether the perception of the neighbourhood environment alters when changing the physical activity behaviour through a pedometer intervention.

FINDINGS:

The intervention was implemented for 15 weeks in a small village in Germany, and was based on the individual baseline activity level. Eighty-two inhabitants participated in the study and completed an environmental questionnaire before and after the intervention. Results showed that after the intervention the participants perceived a lower distance to local facilities, a higher availability of bike lanes and infrastructures, a better maintenance of infrastructure, a better network and a safer traffic situation.

CONCLUSION:

This suggests that a change in the levels of physical activity merges the levels of exposure to the environment which results in different environmental perceptions.

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PMCID:
PMC3353859
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