Kurka, J., Adams, M., Todd, M., Colburn, T., Sallis, J. F, Cain, K. L, Glanz, K., Frank, L. & Saelens, B. (2015). Patterns of neighborhood environment attributes in relation to children's physical activity. Health and Place,34 164-170. United Kingdom: Elsevier Ltd. Retrieved from https://doi.org/10.1016/j.healthplace.2015.05.006
Characterizing neighborhood environments in relation to physical activity is complex. Latent profiles of parents’ perceptions of neighborhood characteristics were examined in relation to accelerometer-measured moderate-to-vigorous physical activity (MVPA) among 678 children (ages 6–12) in two US regions. Neighborhood environment profiles derived from walkability, transit access, aesthetics, crime and traffic safety, pedestrian infrastructure, and recreation/park access were created for each region. The San Diego County profile lowest on walkability and recreation/park access was associated with an average of 13 fewer min/day of children's out-of-school MVPA compared to profiles higher on walkability and recreation/park access. Seattle/King County profiles did not differ on children's MVPA. Neighborhood environment profiles were associated with children's MVPA in one region, but results were inconsistent across regions.
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