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Ann Behav Med. 2011 Jun;41(3):333-41. doi: 10.1007/s12160-011-9260-6.

Is the neighbourhood environment associated with sedentary behaviour outside of school hours among children?

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Centre for Physical Activity and Nutrition Research, Burwood, Australia. jenny.veitch@deakin.edu.au

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

Little is known about neighbourhood environments and children's sedentary behaviour outside school hours.

PURPOSE:

This study aims to examine the associations between public open spaces (POS), parent perceptions of the neighbourhood and children's sedentary behaviours.

METHODS:

Parents reported their child's television viewing and computer/electronic game time and their perceptions of the physical and social neighbourhood. Children's sedentary time was objectively assessed. The closest POS was audited.

RESULTS:

Cross-sectionally, living near a POS with a water feature and greater parental satisfaction with POS quality were negatively associated with computer/e-games; greater POS area was negatively associated with TV viewing. Longitudinally, living in a cul-de-sac and greater satisfaction with POS quality were negatively associated with computer/e-games and TV viewing, respectively. A walking path in the POS was positively associated with computer/e-games.

CONCLUSION:

Neighbourhood features appear to positively and negatively influence children's sedentary behaviours, highlighting the complexity of urban planning on behaviour. Further age- and context-specific studies are required.

PMID:
21336879
DOI:
10.1007/s12160-011-9260-6
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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