Journal article

Access to commercial destinations within the neighbourhood and walking among Australian older adults

Andrea Nathan, Gavin Pereira, Sarah Foster, Paula Hooper, Dick Saarloos, Billie Giles-Corti

INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF BEHAVIORAL NUTRITION AND PHYSICAL ACTIVITY | BMC | Published : 2012

Abstract

BACKGROUND: Physical activity, particularly walking, is greatly beneficial to health; yet a sizeable proportion of older adults are insufficiently active. The importance of built environment attributes for walking is known, but few studies of older adults have examined neighbourhood destinations and none have investigated access to specific, objectively-measured commercial destinations and walking. METHODS: We undertook a secondary analysis of data from the Western Australian state government's health surveillance survey for those aged 65-84 years and living in the Perth metropolitan region from 2003-2009 (n = 2,918). Individual-level road network service areas were generated at 400 m and 80..

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Grants

Awarded by Western Australian Health Promotion Foundation (Healthway)


Awarded by NHMRC Population Health Capacity Building Grant


Awarded by Healthway Health Promotion Research Fellowship


Awarded by NHMRC


Funding Acknowledgements

This research was funded by a Western Australian Health Promotion Foundation (Healthway) grant (# 18922) and a Research Development Award from The University of Western Australia. All authors were supported by an NHMRC Population Health Capacity Building Grant (# 458668). Sarah Foster was additionally supported by a Healthway Health Promotion Research Fellowship (# 21363) and Billie Giles-Corti by an NHMRC Principal Research Fellowship (# 1004900). The authors acknowledge Dr Sarah Joyce and the Data Linkage Unit from the Department of Health WA for providing surveillance data.