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Health Place. 2014 Jan;25:43-6. doi: 10.1016/j.healthplace.2013.10.005. Epub 2013 Nov 2.

The impact of neighborhood walkability on walking: does it differ across adult life stage and does neighborhood buffer size matter?

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1
Centre for the Built Environment and Health, School of Population Health, The University of Western Australia, 35 Stirling Highway, Crawley, Western Australia 6009, Australia. Electronic address: k.villanueva@unimelb.edu.au.
2
School of Population Health, The University of Western Australia, 35 Stirling Highway, Crawley, Western Australia 6009, Australia.
3
Centre for the Built Environment and Health, School of Population Health, The University of Western Australia, 35 Stirling Highway, Crawley, Western Australia 6009, Australia.
4
McCaughey VicHealth Centre for Community Wellbeing, Melbourne School of Population and Global Health, University of Melbourne, Level 5, 207 Bouverie Street, Melbourne Victoria 3010, Australia.

Abstract

We explored the impact of neighborhood walkability on young adults, early-middle adults, middle-aged adults, and older adults' walking across different neighborhood buffers. Participants completed the Western Australian Health and Wellbeing Surveillance System Survey (2003-2009) and were allocated a neighborhood walkability score at 200m, 400m, 800m, and 1600m around their home. We found little difference in strength of associations across neighborhood size buffers for all life stages. We conclude that neighborhood walkability supports more walking regardless of adult life stage and is relevant for small (e.g., 200m) and larger (e.g., 1600m) neighborhood buffers.

KEYWORDS:

Adults; Life stage; Neighborhood buffer; Walkability; Walking

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