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"Walkable by Willpower": Resident perceptions of neighbourhood environments.
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PMID:  21600835     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
Abstract/OtherAbstract:
Resident perceptions of neighbourhood walkability, physical activity opportunities, food choice and factors influencing choice of neighbourhood were examined through focus group discussion in higher and lower walkability neighbourhoods. Almost all participants perceived their neighbourhoods as very or reasonably walkable with high food choice. Walking was described as primarily leisure or exercise focused and less frequenly as destination or task-oriented. Factors influencing walking and physical activity included connectivity, path quality, weather and traffic. The ability to drive easily was a key factor in neighbourhood choice. Our findings identified important environmental factors perceived by residents as either positively or negatively influencing behaviour related to physical activity and food choice. Future research should examine the relationship between perceived and actual walkability features as well as residential selection.
Authors:
Genevieve R Montemurro; Tanya R Berry; John C Spence; Candace Nykiforuk; Chris Blanchard; Nicoleta Cutumisu
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Publication Detail:
Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2011-5-1
Journal Detail:
Title:  Health & place     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1873-2054     ISO Abbreviation:  -     Publication Date:  2011 May 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2011-5-23     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
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.
Affiliation:
Faculty of Physical Education and Recreation, E-488 Van Vliet, University of Alberta, Edmonton, AB, Canada T6G 2H9.
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