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Am J Health Promot. 2004 Jan-Feb;18(3):239-42.

Associations of location and perceived environmental attributes with walking in neighborhoods.

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Health & Productivity Research Centre, University of Wollongong, Wollongong, NSW 2522, Australia.

Abstract

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.

PMID:
14748314
DOI:
10.4278/0890-1171-18.3.239
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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