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Geographic location, physical activity and perceptions of the environment in Queensland adults

This study examines how physical activity and perceptions of the built environment differ by degree of urbanisation in Queensland, Australia. A state wide sample of adults (n = 1208) completed a CATI survey assessing physical activity and perceptions of the environment in July–August 2005. Results indicate that residents in metropolitan areas were more likely to report the presence of shops and services, footpaths, heavy traffic and physical activity facilities than non-metropolitan residents. Although geographic location was not associated with achievement of sufficient levels of physical activity or walking, a notable interaction in the associations between both physical activity measures and the presence of footpaths in metropolitan and non-metropolitan areas was observed. This finding suggests the presence of a differential mechanism in terms of the relationships between physical activity and environmental supports by geographical location. Such effects require future investigation in terms of replication and understanding.

Funding

Category 1 - Australian Competitive Grants (this includes ARC, NHMRC)

History

Volume

15

Start Page

204

End Page

209

Number of Pages

6

ISSN

1353-8292

Location

United Kingdom

Publisher

Pergamon

Language

en-aus

Peer Reviewed

Yes

Open Access

No

Era Eligible

Yes

Journal

Health and place.