Journal article

A longitudinal study examining uptake of new recreation infrastructure by inactive adults

Ben J Smith, Ruth MacKenzie-Stewart, Fiona J Newton, Tilahun N Haregu, Adrian Bauman, Robert J Donovan, Ajay Mahal, Michael T Ewing, Joshua D Newton

INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF BEHAVIORAL NUTRITION AND PHYSICAL ACTIVITY | BMC | Published : 2019

Abstract

BACKGROUND: The built environment is reported to influence physical activity in populations, but longitudinal evidence about the impact of building new physical activity infrastructure is limited. This study aimed to prospectively investigate the uptake and usage of the newly established Peninsula Aquatic and Recreation Centre (PARC), a large multi-purpose recreation facility in Melbourne, Australia. METHODS: Physically inactive adults (n = 549) from the City of Frankston were recruited before the opening of PARC and followed up 12 months later to measure frequency of attendance at the Centre, and the purposes and barriers to use. Multivariable methods were used to identity the demographic, ..

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Grants

Awarded by Australian Research Council


Funding Acknowledgements

This study was funded by Australian Research Council Linkage Grant LP130101005, and by Frankston City Council. The study sponsors had no involvement in: study design; data collection, analysis and interpretation; writing of the manuscript; or, the decision to submit the paper for publication.