Journal article

Neighborhood walkability and cardiometabolic risk factors in australian adults: an observational study

Falk Mueller-Riemenschneider, Gavin Pereira, Karen Villanueva, Hayley Christian, Matthew Knuiman, Billie Giles-Corti, Fiona C Bull

BMC PUBLIC HEALTH | BMC | Published : 2013

Abstract

BACKGROUND: Studies repeatedly highlight associations between the built environment and physical activity, particularly walking. Fewer studies have examined associations with cardiometabolic risk factors, with associations with obesity inconsistent and scarce evidence examining associations with other cardiometabolic risk factors. We aim to investigate the association between neighborhood walkability and the prevalence of obesity, hypertension, hypercholesterolaemia, and type-2 diabetes mellitus. METHODS: Cross-sectional study of 5,970 adults in Western Australia. Walkability was measured objectively for a 1,600 m and 800 m neighborhood buffer. Logistic regression was used to assess associat..

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Grants

Awarded by Western Australian Health Promotion Foundation (Healthway)


Awarded by National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC)/National Heart Foundation Early Career Fellowship


Awarded by NHMRC Principal Research Fellow Award


Awarded by Healthway


Funding Acknowledgements

The authors acknowledge Ms Sharyn Hickey and Mr Nicholas Middleton for the calculation of GIS measures and Dr Sarah Joyce and the Data Linkage Unit from the Department of Health WA for provision of the health data. The Western Australian Health Promotion Foundation (Healthway) provided funding for this project under grant # 18922. HC is supported by a National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC)/National Heart Foundation Early Career Fellowship (# 1036350). BGC is supported by a NHMRC Principal Research Fellow Award (# 1004900).