HABITAT: Are area-level neighbourhood characteristics associated with physical activity in mid-aged men and women?

Burton, N., Turrell, G., Wilson, L. and Giskes, K. (2009). HABITAT: Are area-level neighbourhood characteristics associated with physical activity in mid-aged men and women?. In: J. Cook, Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport: 2008 ASICS Conference of Science and Medicine in Sport: Program and Abstracts. 2008 ASICS Conference of Science and Medicine in Sport, Hamilton Island, Qld, Australia, (36-37). 16-18 October, 2008. doi:10.1016/j.jsams.2008.12.088


Author Burton, N.
Turrell, G.
Wilson, L.
Giskes, K.
Title of paper HABITAT: Are area-level neighbourhood characteristics associated with physical activity in mid-aged men and women?
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Conference name 2008 ASICS Conference of Science and Medicine in Sport
Conference location Hamilton Island, Qld, Australia
Conference dates 16-18 October, 2008
Proceedings title Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport: 2008 ASICS Conference of Science and Medicine in Sport: Program and Abstracts   Check publisher's open access policy
Place of Publication Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Publisher Elsevier
Publication Year 2009
Sub-type Published abstract
DOI 10.1016/j.jsams.2008.12.088
Open Access Status
ISSN 1440-2440
Editor J. Cook
Volume 12
Issue Suppl. 1
Start page 36
End page 37
Total pages 2
Language eng
Formatted Abstract/Summary
Introduction:
This study is part of the HABITAT project and examined the association between selected area-level characteristics and physical activity done by mid-aged adults.

Method:

Census Collectors Districts (CCDs) in Brisbane were ranked by an Index of Relative Socioeconomic Disadvantage and 200 CCDs selected. A Geographic Information System (GIS) database was used to compile information on street intersections, hilliness, green space, bike paths, streetlights, tree coverage, distance to closest shop, and distance to closest park. Using electoral roll data, 17,000 residents aged 40–64 years across the 200 areas were selected and sent a mail questionnaire which asked about participation in walking, moderate and vigorous activity in the previous week. For each area, a median score for residents’ physical activity and for each area-level characteristic was derived and correlations examined.

Results:

The survey response rate was 69% (N = 11,125). Almost 40% of respondents were not meeting activity guidelines (600 MET min/week). There was a significant positive association between physical activity and meters of bike paths (r = 0.34, p < 0.001). No other associations were significant.

Conclusions:

Area-level characteristics considered in isolation may not be sufficient to promote general physical activity. Future analyses will examine the association between specific types of activity and relevant neighbourhood features (e.g. cycling and bike paths), and the interaction of area-level and individual-level influences.


Subjects EX
920502 Health Related to Ageing
920205 Health Education and Promotion
1106 Human Movement and Sports Science
111712 Health Promotion
Q-Index Code EX
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