Do neighborhood physical activity resources and land use influence physical activity among African American public housing residents?

Nathan H. Parker, Daniel P. O’Connor, Dennis T. Kao, Rebecca Lee

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Abstract

Few studies have examined neighborhood influences on physical activity (PA) among low-income African Americans living in public housing. This study measured the associations of PA resources and land use with PA among 216 African Americans living in 12 low-income housing developments in Houston, Texas. Neighborhood measures included both detailed information from in-person audits and geographic information systems (GIS) data. Hierarchical linear regression models tested the associations of neighborhood PA resource availability and quality and land use density and diversity with individual-level, self-reported PA. Land use diversity was positively associated with walking among men after controlling for other neighborhood characteristics. Policies that promote land use diversity or improve the pedestrian environment in areas with diverse destinations may encourage PA among public housing residents.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1330-1344
Number of pages15
JournalJournal of health care for the poor and underserved
Volume27
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Aug 2016

Keywords

  • Land use density
  • Land use diversity
  • Neighborhood audits
  • Parks
  • Urban
  • Walking

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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