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Perceived and objectively measured environmental correlates of domain-specifc physical activity in older english adults

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© 2016 Human Kinetics, Inc.We examine the relative importance of both objective and perceived environmental features for physical activity in older English adults. Self-reported physical activity levels of 8,281 older adults were used to compute volumes of outdoor recreational and commuting activity. Perceptions of neighborhood environment supportiveness were drawn from a questionnaire survey and a geographical information system was used to derive objective measures. Negative binominal regression models were ftted to examine associations. Perceptions of neighborhood environment were more associated with outdoor recreational activity (over 10% change per standard deviation) than objective measures (5-8% change). Commuting activity was associated with several objective measures (up to 16% change). We identifed different environmental determinants of recreational and commuting activity in older adults. Perceptions of environmental supportiveness for recreational activity appear more important than actual neighborhood characteristics. Understanding how older people perceive neighborhoods might be key to encouraging outdoor recreational activity.

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Author(s): Wu Y-T, Jones NR, Van Sluijs EMF, Griffin SJ, Wareham NJ, Jones AP

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Journal of Aging and Physical Activity

Year: 2016

Volume: 24

Issue: 4

Pages: 599-616

Print publication date: 01/01/2016

Acceptance date: 01/01/1900

ISSN (print): 1063-8652

ISSN (electronic): 1543-267X

Publisher: Human Kinetics Publishers Inc.


DOI: 10.1123/japa.2015-0241

PubMed id: 27049356


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