Perceived environmental aesthetics and convenience and company are associated with walking for exercise among Australian adults

Ball, Kylie, Bauman, Adrian, Leslie, Eva and Owen, Neville (2001) Perceived environmental aesthetics and convenience and company are associated with walking for exercise among Australian adults. Preventive Medicine, 33 5: 434-440. doi:10.1006/pmed.2001.0912


Author Ball, Kylie
Bauman, Adrian
Leslie, Eva
Owen, Neville
Title Perceived environmental aesthetics and convenience and company are associated with walking for exercise among Australian adults
Journal name Preventive Medicine   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0091-7435
Publication date 2001-01-01
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1006/pmed.2001.0912
Open Access Status Not Open Access
Volume 33
Issue 5
Start page 434
End page 440
Total pages 7
Place of publication San Diego
Publisher Academic Press Inc
Language eng
Subject 1117 Public Health and Health Services
Abstract Background. This study aimed to investigate relationships between environmental aesthetics, convenience, and walking companions and walking for exercise or recreation and to investigate differences in these relationships by sex and by reported physical and mental health. Methods. Analyses of cross-sectional self-report data from a statewide population survey of 3,392 Australian adults were used. Results. Men and women reporting a less aesthetically pleasing or less convenient environment were less likely to report walking for exercise or recreation in the past 2 weeks. Those respondents, particularly women, reporting no company or pet to walk with were also less likely to walk for exercise or recreation. Associations with environmental and social influences were observed for men and women reporting both good and poor physical and mental health. Conclusions. Perceived environmental aesthetics and convenience and walking companions are important correlates of walking for exercise among urban Australians. Acknowledging the cross-sectional nature of these data, findings support a case for evaluation of environmental policies to promote physical activity. (C) 2001 American Health Foundation and Academic Press.
Keyword Public, Environmental & Occupational Health
Medicine, General & Internal
Walking
Environments
Social Influences
Physical Health
Mental Health
Time Physical-activity
Prevention
Disease
Policy
Health
Women
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Unknown

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collection: School of Public Health Publications
 
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