Adams, M., Ding, D., Sallis, J. F, Bowles, H. R, Ainsworth, B., Bergman, P., Bull, F. C, Carr, H., Craig, C. L, De Bourdeaudhuij, I., Gomez, L. F, Hagstromer, M., Klasson-Heggebo, L., Inoue, S., Lefevre, J., Macfarlane, D. J, Matsudo, S., Matsudo, V., McLean, G., Murase, N., Sjöström, M., Tomten, H., Volbekiene, V. & Bauman, A. (2013). Patterns of neighborhood environment attributes related to physical activity across 11 countries: A latent class analysis. International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity,10 1-11. United Kingdom: BioMed Central. Retrieved from https://doi.org/10.1186/1479-5868-10-34
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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