Does the presence and mix of destinations influence walking and physical activity?
Tania Louise King, Rebecca Jodie Bentley, Lukar Ezra Thornton, Anne Marie Kavanagh
INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF BEHAVIORAL NUTRITION AND PHYSICAL ACTIVITY | BMC | Published : 2015
BACKGROUND: Local destinations have previously been shown to be associated with higher levels of both physical activity and walking, but little is known about how specific destinations are related to activity. This study examined associations between types and mix of destinations and both walking frequency and physical activity. METHOD: The sample consisted of 2349 residents of 50 urban areas in metropolitan Melbourne, Australia. Using geographic information systems, seven types of destinations were examined within three network buffers (400 meters (m), 800 m and 1200 m) of respondents' homes. Multilevel logistic regression was used to estimate effects of each destination type separately, as..View full abstract
This study was funded by the Victorian Health Promotion Foundation. The first author was supported by a VicHealth PhD scholarship. We thank Gavin Turrell, David Crawford and the late Damien Jolley who were Chief Investigators