Journal article

Associations between park features and adolescent park use for physical activity

Nicole Edwards, Paula Hooper, Matthew Knuiman, Sarah Foster, Billie Giles-Corti

INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF BEHAVIORAL NUTRITION AND PHYSICAL ACTIVITY | BMC | Published : 2015

Abstract

BACKGROUND: Eighty per cent of adolescents globally do insufficient physical activity. Parks are a popular place for adolescents to be active. However, little is known about which park features are associated with higher levels of park use by adolescents. OBJECTIVES: This study aimed to examine which environmental park features, and combination of features, were correlated with higher levels of park use for physical activity among adolescents. By examining park features in parks used by adolescents for physical activity, this study also aimed to create a park 'attractiveness' score predictive of adolescent park use, and to identify factors that might predict use of their closest park. METHOD..

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Grants

Awarded by Western Australian Health Promotion Foundation (Healthway)


Awarded by NHMRC (Population Health Capacity Building Grant)


Awarded by NHMRC Principal Research Fellowship


Awarded by Healthway Health Promotion Research Fellowships


Funding Acknowledgements

The Up4it Project was a Healthway funded initiative run in partnership with the Heart Foundation, Midwest Murchison Population Health and the Combined Universities Centre for Rural Health. Combined Universities Centre for Rural Health is a University Department of Rural Health funded by the Commonwealth Department of Health and Ageing and administered by the University of Western Australia. PH is supported on the RESIDE-II project by grants from the Western Australian Health Promotion Foundation (Healthway) (#18921), and the NHMRC (Population Health Capacity Building Grant #458668); BGC is supported by a NHMRC Principal Research Fellowship (#1004900); SF is supported by Healthway Health Promotion Research Fellowships (#21363). The input of Ms Bridget Beesley and Ms Sharyn Hickey for their work on the park spatial layer is gratefully acknowledged.