Journal article

Initiating and maintaining recreational walking: A longitudinal study on the influence of neighborhood green space

Takemi Sugiyama, Billie Giles-Corti, Jacqui Summers, Lorinne du Toit, Eva Leslie, Neville Owen

PREVENTIVE MEDICINE | ACADEMIC PRESS INC ELSEVIER SCIENCE | Published : 2013

Abstract

OBJECTIVE: This study examined prospective relationships of green space attributes with adults initiating or maintaining recreational walking. METHODS: Postal surveys were completed by 1036 adults living in Adelaide, Australia, at baseline (two time points in 2003-04) and follow-up (2007-08). Initiating or maintaining recreational walking was determined using self-reported walking frequency. Green space attributes examined were perceived presence, quality, proximity, and the objectively measured area (total and largest) and number of green spaces within a 1.6 km buffer drawn from the center of each study neighborhood. Multilevel regression analyses examined the odds of initiating or maintain..

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Grants

Awarded by Victorian Government's Operational Infrastructure Support Program


Awarded by National Health and Medical Research Council of Australia (NHMRC)


Awarded by NHMRC Principal Research Fellowship


Funding Acknowledgements

Sugiyama and Owen are supported in part by the Victorian Government's Operational Infrastructure Support Program. Owen is supported by a Program Grant #569940 and a Senior Principal Research Fellowship #1003960 from the National Health and Medical Research Council of Australia (NHMRC). Giles-Corti is supported by VicHealth and an NHMRC Principal Research Fellowship #1004900.