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What Neighborhood Area Captures Built Environment Features Related to Adolescent Physical Activity?

Citation

Boone-Heinonen, Janne; Popkin, Barry M.; Song, Yan; & Gordon-Larsen, Penny (2010). What Neighborhood Area Captures Built Environment Features Related to Adolescent Physical Activity?. Health & Place, 16(6), 1280-1286. PMCID: PMC3005308

Abstract

In research investigating built environment (BE) influences on physical activity (PA), inconsistent neighborhood definitions may contribute to inconsistent findings. Using data from the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health (Wave I; 1994-95), we compared associations between moderate-vigorous PA (MVPA) and PA facility counts and street connectivity measures (intersection density and link:node ratio) within 1, 3, 5, and 8.05km of each respondent's residence (Euclidean neighborhood buffers). BE-MVPA associations varied by BE characteristic, urbanicity, and sex. PA facilities within 3km buffers and intersection density within 1km buffers exhibited the most consistent associations with MVPA. Policy recommendations and corresponding research should address potential differences in relevant neighborhood areas across environment feature and population subgroup.

URL

http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.healthplace.2010.06.015

Reference Type

Journal Article

Year Published

2010

Journal Title

Health & Place

Author(s)

Boone-Heinonen, Janne
Popkin, Barry M.
Song, Yan
Gordon-Larsen, Penny

PMCID

PMC3005308