Neighborhood Environmental Attributes and Adults' Maintenance of Regular Walking

TAKEMI SUGIYAMA, AI SHIBATA, MOHAMMAD J. KOOHSARI, STEPHANIE K. TANAMAS, KOICHIRO OKA, JO SALMON, DAVID W. DUNSTAN, NEVILLE OWEN
2015 Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise  
Purpose: Environmental initiatives to support walking are keys to non-communicable disease prevention, but the relevant evidence comes mainly from cross-sectional studies. We examined neighborhood environmental attributes associated cross-sectionally with walking and those associated prospectively with walking maintenance. Methods: Data were from the Australian Diabetes, Obesity and Lifestyle study collected in 2004-05 (baseline) and in 2011-12 (follow-up). Participants who did not move
more » ... id not move residence during the study period (n=2684, age range: 30-77 at baseline) were categorized as regular walkers (walked 5 times/week or more) or not at baseline. Regular walkers were divided into those who stopped and those who maintained regular walking at follow-up. Regression analyses examined relationships of regular walking and walking maintenance with perceived attributes of neighborhood destinations and pedestrian environments.
doi:10.1249/mss.0000000000000528 pmid:25251048 fatcat:y2p6rjbpsbcudjo7oxjxv6fbi4