Format

Send to

Choose Destination
Health Place. 2012 Jan;18(1):55-62. doi: 10.1016/j.healthplace.2011.08.020. Epub 2011 Sep 16.

Out and about: association of the built environment with physical activity behaviors of adolescent females.

Author information

1
Department of City and Regional Planning, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, CB 3140, Chapel Hill, NC 27599, USA. danrod@email.unc.edu

Abstract

Locational data, logged on portable GPS units and matched with accelerometer data, was used to examine associations of the built environment with physical activity and sedentary behaviors of adolescent females. In a sample of 293 adolescent females aged 15 to 18 years old in Minneapolis and San Diego, the built environment around each GPS point and its corresponding sedentary, light, and moderate-to-vigorous intensity physical activity was examined using random intercept multinomial logistic regression models. The odds of higher physical activity intensity (3-level outcome: sedentary, light, MVPA) were higher in places with parks, schools, and high population density, during weekdays, and lower in places with more roads and food outlets. Understanding the places where physical activity and sedentary behaviors occur appears to be a promising strategy to clarify relationships and inform policy aimed at increasing physical activity and reducing sedentary behaviors.

PMID:
21945085
PMCID:
PMC3259163
DOI:
10.1016/j.healthplace.2011.08.020
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
Free PMC Article

Publication type, MeSH terms, Grant support

Publication type

MeSH terms

Grant support

Supplemental Content

Full text links

Icon for Elsevier Science Icon for PubMed Central
Loading ...
Support Center