Neighborhood walkability and sedentary time in Belgian adults

Van Dyck, Delfien, Cardon, Greet, Deforche, Benedicte, Owen, Neville, Sallis, James F. and De Bourdeaudhuij, Ilse (2010) Neighborhood walkability and sedentary time in Belgian adults. American Journal of Preventive Medicine, 39 1: 25-32. doi:10.1016/j.amepre.2010.03.004

Author Van Dyck, Delfien
Cardon, Greet
Deforche, Benedicte
Owen, Neville
Sallis, James F.
De Bourdeaudhuij, Ilse
Title Neighborhood walkability and sedentary time in Belgian adults
Journal name American Journal of Preventive Medicine   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0749-3797
Publication date 2010-07
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1016/j.amepre.2010.03.004
Volume 39
Issue 1
Start page 25
End page 32
Total pages 8
Editor K. Patrick
Place of publication New York, NY, U.S.A.
Publisher Elsevier
Collection year 2011
Language eng
Formatted abstract
Background Sedentary behavior (too much sitting) has deleterious health consequences that are distinct from lack of physical activity (too little exercise).

Purpose This study aimed to examine the associations of neighborhood walkability and sociodemographic factors with adults' self-reported and objectively assessed sedentary time.

Methods This Belgian cross-sectional study was conducted between May 2007 and September 2008. Twenty-four neighborhoods were stratified on GIS-based walkability and neighborhood SES. In all, 1200 adults (aged 20–65 years; 50 per neighborhood; 42.7 [SD=12.6] years; 47.9% men) completed a sociodemographic survey and the International Physical Activity Questionnaire. They also wore an accelerometer for 7 days: Sedentary time was identified as accelerometer counts of less than 100 per minute. Statistical analyses were performed in 2009, using multilevel regression models, adjusted for physical activity levels and individual SES.

Results Residents of high-walkable neighborhoods reported more sitting time than those of low-walkable neighborhoods (439.8 vs 403.4 minutes/day of daily sitting time, p<0.05). Living in high-walkable versus low-walkable neighborhoods was also associated with 2.9% more accelerometer-measured overall sedentary time (p<0.001). Being male, younger, unemployed, more highly educated, having a white-collar job (analysis for employed adults only), and living without children were all significantly associated with more sitting time.

Conclusions Contrary to expectations, living in a high-walkable neighborhood was associated with higher levels of sedentary time. If future studies in other contexts confirm these associations, environmental and policy innovations aiming to promote physical activity may need to address the potential negative health impact of sedentary behavior.
© 2010 American Journal of Preventive Medicine
Keyword Physical-activity
Australian adults
Metabolic risk
Sitting time
Built environmental
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collections: Official 2011 Collection
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