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Health Place. 2011 Sep;17(5):1150-61. doi: 10.1016/j.healthplace.2011.05.001. Epub 2011 May 17.

Activity space environment and dietary and physical activity behaviors: a pilot study.

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Department of Health Systems Science, College of Nursing, University of Illinois at Chicago, 845 South Damen Avenue M/C 802, Chicago, IL 60612, USA. szenk@uic.edu

Abstract

This study examined relationships among individual demographics, environmental features (e.g., fast food outlet density, park land use) of residential neighborhoods and activity spaces, and weight-related behaviors (diet, physical activity). Participants' movement was tracked for 7 days using global positioning systems (GPS). Two activity space measures (one standard deviation ellipse, daily path area) were derived from the GPS data. Activity spaces were generally larger than residential neighborhoods; environmental features of residential neighborhoods and activity spaces were weakly associated; and some activity space environmental features were related to dietary behaviors. Activity spaces may provide new insights into environmental influences on obesity-related behaviors.

PMID:
21696995
PMCID:
PMC3224849
DOI:
10.1016/j.healthplace.2011.05.001
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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