CitationBoone-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
AbstractIn 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.
Reference TypeJournal Article
Journal TitleHealth & Place
Popkin, Barry M.