The impact of neighborhood walkability on walking : does it differ across adult life stage and does neighborhood buffer size matter?

Villanueva, Karen, Knuiman, Matthew, Nathan, Andrea, Giles-Corti, Billie, Christian, Hayley, Foster, Sarah, & Bull, Fiona (2014) The impact of neighborhood walkability on walking : does it differ across adult life stage and does neighborhood buffer size matter? Health & Place, 25, pp. 43-46.

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Abstract

We explored the impact of neighborhood walkability on young adults, early-middle adults, middle-aged adults, and older adults' walking across different neighborhood buffers. Participants completed the Western Australian Health and Wellbeing Surveillance System Survey (2003–2009) and were allocated a neighborhood walkability score at 200 m, 400 m, 800 m, and 1600 m around their home. We found little difference in strength of associations across neighborhood size buffers for all life stages. We conclude that neighborhood walkability supports more walking regardless of adult life stage and is relevant for small (e.g., 200 m) and larger (e.g., 1600 m) neighborhood buffers.

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ID Code: 67186
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Walkability, Life stage, Adults, Neighborhood buffer, Walking
DOI: 10.1016/j.healthplace.2013.10.005
ISSN: 1353-8292
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES (110000) > PUBLIC HEALTH AND HEALTH SERVICES (111700) > Preventive Medicine (111716)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY (160000) > HUMAN GEOGRAPHY (160400) > Human Geography not elsewhere classified (160499)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Institutes > Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation
Current > Schools > School of Public Health & Social Work
Copyright Owner: 2013 Crown Copyright
Copyright Statement: NOTICE: this is the author’s version of a work that was accepted for publication in Health & Place. Changes resulting from the publishing process, such as peer review, editing, corrections, structural formatting, and other quality control mechanisms may not be reflected in this document. Changes may have been made to this work since it was submitted for publication. A definitive version was subsequently published in Health & Place, [Volume 25, (January 2014)] DOI: 10.1016/j.healthplace.2013.10.005
Deposited On: 12 Feb 2014 01:39
Last Modified: 02 Feb 2015 21:29

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