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Health Place. 2013 May;21:148-55. doi: 10.1016/j.healthplace.2013.01.010. Epub 2013 Feb 4.

Neighbourhood walkability and physical activity among family members of people with heart disease who participated in a randomized controlled trial of a behavioural risk reduction intervention.

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Minto Prevention and Rehabilitation Centre, University of Ottawa Heart Institute, Ottawa, Ont., Canada; Institute of Population Health, University of Ottawa, Ottawa, Ont., Canada.


This study adds to the current literature investigating the relationship between individuals' physical activity (PA) and the built environment. Self-reported PA from a prospective behavioural risk reduction intervention was explored in the context of objectively measured Walk Score(®) and neighbourhood walkability in Ottawa, Canada. Participants in the intervention arm had significantly higher odds of meeting PA guidelines at 12-weeks compared to the standard care control group. This was not influenced by Walk Score(®) or walkability. This individual-level intervention was effective in assisting participants to overcome potential structural barriers presented by their neighbourhood to meet PA guidelines at 12-weeks.

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