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Observing physical activity in suburbs.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  18261948     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
This study examined the reliability of the block walk method (BWM) for observing physical activity on suburban sidewalks/streets. Trained observers simultaneously walked 40 sidewalk/street segments each 1525 m in length at a pace of 30.5 m/min while recording the number of individuals walking/bicycling/jogging and the address where the activity occurred. An activity was observed at 2.9% of the 1020 addresses walked passed. In all 41 individuals were seen walking, 4 jogging, and 3 bicycling during 400 observation minutes. Agreements were 80%, 90%, and 86.7% for address, activity type, and number of individuals. The BWM is reliable for assessing activity on suburban sidewalks/streets.
Richard R Suminski; Jessica Fritzsinger; Tina Leck; Melissa M Hyder
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article     Date:  2008-01-06
Journal Detail:
Title:  Health & place     Volume:  14     ISSN:  1353-8292     ISO Abbreviation:  Health Place     Publication Date:  2008 Dec 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2008-06-27     Completed Date:  2008-10-07     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9510067     Medline TA:  Health Place     Country:  England    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  894-9     Citation Subset:  T    
Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences, 468 SEP, Kansas City, MO 64106, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Environment Design
Midwestern United States
Motor Activity*
Reproducibility of Results
Social Class
Suburban Population*

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