Associations between physical activity, perceptions of the neighbourhood environment and access to facilities in an English city

JR Panter, AP Jones

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Abstract

This article explores the environmental influences on physical activity in an English city. The cross-sectional design of this study allowed us to determine whether perceptions of the local environment and access to facilities were associated with activity in a sample of urban residents (n = 401). Logistic regression analysis revealed that respondents who rated their neighbourhood as being of high walkability also tended to report higher levels of overall physical activity. Neighbourhood perceptions were also associated with higher reporting of aerobic activity and walking, although these observations did not reach statistical significance. There is a need for further studies to clarify the respective roles that social and environmental factors play in determining observed variations in physical activity.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1917-1923
Number of pages7
JournalSocial Science and Medicine
Volume67
Issue number11
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2008

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