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Am J Health Behav. 2013 Mar;37(2):277-82. doi: 10.5993/AJHB.37.2.15.

Neighborhood preference, walkability and walking in overweight/obese men.

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Department of Family and Preventive Medicine, University of California, San Diego, CA, USA. gnorman@ucsd.edu

Abstract

OBJECTIVES:

To investigate whether self-selection moderated the effects of walkability on walking in overweight and obese men.

METHODS:

240 overweight and obese men completed measures on importance of walkability when choosing a neighborhood (selection) and preference for walkable features in general (preference). IPAQ measured walking. A walkbility index was derived from geographic information systems (GIS).

RESULTS:

Walkability was associated with walking for transportation (p = .027) and neighborhood selection was associated with walking for transportation (p = .002) and total walking (p = .001). Preference was associated with leisure walking (p = .045) and preference moderated the relationship between walkability and total walking (p = .059).

CONCLUSION:

Walkability and self-selection are both important to walking behavior.

PMID:
23026109
PMCID:
PMC4819429
DOI:
10.5993/AJHB.37.2.15
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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