Environmental perceptions and walking in English adults

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Environmental perceptions and walking in English adults

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dc.contributor.author Foster, Charles en_GB
dc.contributor.author Hillsdon, Melvyn en_GB
dc.contributor.author Thorogood, Margaret en_GB
dc.date.accessioned 2009-09-21T15:59:38Z en_GB
dc.date.accessioned 2011-01-25T12:07:36Z en_US
dc.date.accessioned 2013-03-20T15:06:17Z
dc.date.issued 2004 en_GB
dc.description.abstract Study objective: To examine the relation between adults’ perceptions of the social and physical environment and their self reported walking behaviour. Design: Cross sectional survey. Setting: England. Participants: A national sample of 4265 adults aged 16–74 years. Main outcome measures: Self reported walking behaviour was categorised into two dichotomous variables: (a) any reported walking in past four weeks, (b) reported walking 150 minutes per week in the past four weeks. Perceptions of the social environment covered safety of walking alone and social support for walking. Perceptions of the physical environment covered attractiveness of local area for walking, access to shops, leisure centres, parks, cycle paths, and traffic density. Main results: In women, perceived safety of walking during the day (OR = 0.53; 95% CI: 0.31 to 0.88), and no shop within walking distance (OR = 0.72; 95% CI: 0.52 to 0.99) were associated with any reported walking occasions. Perceptions of the environment were not related to women walking 150 min/week. In men, having a park within walking distance was associated with walking 150 min/week (OR = 2.22; 95% CI: 1.18 to 4.35). No other significant associations were found. Conclusions: Women seem to be more concerned about walking for utility and in safety. Men are more likely to walk 150 min/week if they have access to a local park but their walking is not influenced by concerns about safety. Future research should focus on the relation between objective measures rather than perceptions of the environment and physical activity. en_GB
dc.description.sponsorship This research was funded by the British Heart Foundation. en_GB
dc.identifier.citation 58 (11) pp 924-928 en_GB
dc.identifier.doi 10.1136/jech.2003.014068 en_GB
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10036/81933 en_GB
dc.language.iso en en_GB
dc.publisher BMJ Publishing Group Ltd. en_GB
dc.relation.url http://0-jech.bmj.com.lib.exeter.ac.uk/cgi/content/full/58/11/924 en_GB
dc.relation.url http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/jech.2003.014068 en_GB
dc.subject walking en_GB
dc.subject environment en_GB
dc.subject physical activity en_GB
dc.title Environmental perceptions and walking in English adults en_GB
dc.type Article en_GB
dc.date.available 2009-09-21T15:59:38Z en_GB
dc.date.available 2011-01-25T12:07:36Z en_US
dc.date.available 2013-03-20T15:06:17Z
dc.identifier.issn 0143005X en_GB
dc.description Copyright © 2004 by the BMJ Publishing Group Ltd. This articles was first published in:Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health 2004;58:924-928 © 2004 BMJ Publishing Group Ltd en_GB
dc.identifier.journal Journal of Epidemiology & Community Health en_GB


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