Associations of Perceived Social and Physical Environmental Supports with Physical Activity and Walking Behavior

Cheryl L. Addy, Dawn K. Wilson, Karen A. Kirtland, Barbara E. Ainsworth, Patricia Sharpe, Dexter Kimsey

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Abstract

We evaluated perceived social and environmental supports for physical activity and walking using multivariable modeling. Perceptions were obtained on a sample of households in a southeastern county. Respondents were classified according to physical activity levels and walking behaviors. Respondents who had good street lighting; trusted their neighbors; and used private recreational facilities, parks, playgrounds, and sports fields were more likely to be regularly active. Perceiving neighbors as being active, having access to sidewalks, and using malls were associated with regular walking.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)440-443
Number of pages4
JournalAmerican journal of public health
Volume94
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 2004

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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