Are park proximity and park features related to park use and park-based physical activity among adults? Variations by multiple socio-demographic characteristics
Andrew T Kaczynski, Gina M Besenyi, Sonja A Wilhelm Stanis, Mohammad Javad Koohsari, Katherine B Oestman, Ryan Bergstrom, Luke R Potwarka, Rodrigo S Reis
International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity | BMC | Published : 2014
BACKGROUND: Parks are valuable resources for physical activity (PA) given their widespread availability and low cost to maintain and use. Both proximity to parks and the availability of particular features are important correlates of PA. However, few studies have explored multiple measures of proximity simultaneously or the specific facilities associated with park use and park-based PA among adults, let alone differences across socio-demographic characteristics. The purpose of this study was to examine associations between park proximity and park facilities and adults' park use and park-based PA, while also exploring differences by gender, age, race, and income. METHODS: Data on monthly park..View full abstract
Awarded by Australian NHMRC Program Grant
Partial support for this study was provided by a grant from Active Living Research in the United States, a national program of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Koohsari is supported by an Australian NHMRC Program Grant [# 569940] and by the Victorian Government's Operational Infrastructure Support Program.