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Relationships between neighborhood walkability and adults' physical activity: How important is residential self-selection?
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PMID:  21596613     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
The study's aims were to examine whether residential self-selection differed according to socio-demographic characteristics and objectively assessed neighborhood walkability; and, whether objectively assessed walkability was a significant correlate of physical activity (PA) beyond residential self-selection. In total, 412 adults (aged 20-65 years) completed a socio-demographic questionnaire, the long IPAQ, a neighborhood selection questionnaire and wore an accelerometer for seven days. Walkability characteristics were an important reason for selecting the current neighborhood and were more important for women, older and less-educated adults, but not for high-walkable neighborhood residents. Both in the total sample and in participants with high residential self-selection scores, walkability was positively related to active transportation and objectively measured moderate-to-vigorous PA. Designing walkable neighborhoods may help to increase adults' PA, even in those for whom walkability is an important criterion when choosing their neighborhood. However, findings from studies with longitudinal and controlled designs are required to provide more strongly causal evidence.
Delfien Van Dyck; Greet Cardon; Benedicte Deforche; Neville Owen; Ilse De Bourdeaudhuij
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Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2011-5-13
Journal Detail:
Title:  Health & place     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1873-2054     ISO Abbreviation:  -     Publication Date:  2011 May 
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Created Date:  2011-5-20     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
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Nlm Unique ID:  9510067     Medline TA:  Health Place     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
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Copyright © 2011 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
Research Foundation Flanders (FWO), Brussels, Belgium; Ghent University, Department of Movement and Sports Sciences, Belgium.
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