Advancing science and policy through a coordinated international study of physical activity and built environments: IPEN adult methods

Kerr, Jacqueline, Sallis, James F., Owen, Neville, De Bourdeaudhuij, Ilse, Cerin, Ester, Sugiyama, Takemi, Reis, Rodrigo, Sarmiento, Olga, Froemel, Karel, Mitáš, Josef, Troelsen, Jens, Christiansen, Lars Breum, Macfarlane, Duncan, Salvo, Deborah, Schofield, Grant, Badland, Hannah, Guillen-Grima, Francisco, Aguinaga-Ontoso, Ines, Davey, Rachel, Bauman, Adrian, Saelens, Brian, Riddoch, Chris, Ainsworth, Barbara, Pratt, Michael, Schmidt, Tom, Frank, Lawrence, Adams, Marc, Conway, Terry, Cain, Kelli, Van Dyck, Delfien and Bracy, Nicole (2013) Advancing science and policy through a coordinated international study of physical activity and built environments: IPEN adult methods. Journal of Physical Activity and Health, 10 4: 581-601.

Author Kerr, Jacqueline
Sallis, James F.
Owen, Neville
De Bourdeaudhuij, Ilse
Cerin, Ester
Sugiyama, Takemi
Reis, Rodrigo
Sarmiento, Olga
Froemel, Karel
Mitáš, Josef
Troelsen, Jens
Christiansen, Lars Breum
Macfarlane, Duncan
Salvo, Deborah
Schofield, Grant
Badland, Hannah
Guillen-Grima, Francisco
Aguinaga-Ontoso, Ines
Davey, Rachel
Bauman, Adrian
Saelens, Brian
Riddoch, Chris
Ainsworth, Barbara
Pratt, Michael
Schmidt, Tom
Frank, Lawrence
Adams, Marc
Conway, Terry
Cain, Kelli
Van Dyck, Delfien
Bracy, Nicole
Title Advancing science and policy through a coordinated international study of physical activity and built environments: IPEN adult methods
Journal name Journal of Physical Activity and Health   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1543-3080
Publication date 2013-05-01
Sub-type Article (original research)
Volume 10
Issue 4
Start page 581
End page 601
Total pages 21
Place of publication Champaign, IL United States
Publisher Human Kinetics
Language eng
Formatted abstract
Background: National and international strategies to increase physical activity emphasize environmental and policy changes that can have widespread and long-lasting impact. Evidence from multiple countries using comparable methods is required to strengthen the evidence base for such initiatives. Because some environment and policy changes could have generalizable effects and others may depend on each country’s context, only international studies using comparable methods can identify the relevant differences.

Methods: Currently 12 countries are participating in the International Physical Activity and the Environment Network (IPEN) study. The IPEN Adult study design involves recruiting adult participants from neighborhoods with wide variations in environmental walkability attributes and socioeconomic status (SES).

Results: Eleven of twelve countries are providing accelerometer data and 11 are providing GIS data. Current projections indicate that 14,119 participants will provide survey data on built environments and physical activity and 7145 are likely to provide objective data on both the independent and dependent variables. Though studies are highly comparable, some adaptations are required based on the local context.

Conclusions: This study was designed to inform evidence-based international and country-specific physical activity policies and interventions to help prevent obesity and other chronic diseases that are high in developed countries and growing rapidly in developing countries.
Keyword Walking
Pooled analyses
Perceived neighborhood environment
Activity questionnaire
Belgian adults
Actigraph accelerometers
Ecological approach
Australian adults
Walkability scale
Activity behavior
Health outcomes
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

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