Sugiyama, Takemi3; Cerin, Ester4; Owen, Neville5; Oyeyemi, Adewale L6; Conway, Terry L7; Van Dyck, Delfien8; Schipperijn, Jasper17; Macfarlane, Duncan J9; Salvo, Deborah10; Reis, Rodrigo S11; Mitáš, Josef12; Sarmiento, Olga L13; Davey, Rachel14; Schofield, Grant15; Orzanco-Garralda, Rosario16; Sallis, James F7
1 Department of Sports Science and Clinical Biomechanics, Det Sundhedsvidenskabelige Fakultet, SDU2 Active Living, Department of Sports Science and Clinical Biomechanics, Det Sundhedsvidenskabelige Fakultet, SDU3 University of South Australia4 School of Exercise and Nutrition Sciences, Deakin University, Melbourne, Australia; Institute of Human Performance, The University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong SAR, China.5 Behavioural Epidemiology, Laboratory, Baker IDI Heart & Diabetes Institute, Melbourne, Australia.6 University of Maiduguri7 University of California8 Ghent University9 The University of Hong Kong10 Graduate Division of Biological and Biomedical Studies, Emory University, Atlanta, USA; Center for Nutrition and Health Research, National Institute of Public Health, Cuernavaca, Mexico.11 School of Health and Biosciences, Pontificia Universidade Catolica do Parana, Curitiba, Brazil; Department of Physical Education, Federal University of Parana, Curitiba, Brazil.12 Palacky University13 Universidad de Los Andes14 Centre for Research & Action in Public Health, Faculty of Health, Canberra University, Canberra, Australia.15 Auckland University of Technology16 Department of Health Sciences, Public University of Navarra, Pamplona, Navarra, Spain.17 Department of Sports Science and Clinical Biomechanics, Det Sundhedsvidenskabelige Fakultet, SDU
IPEN Adult study in 12 countries
This study examined the strength and shape of associations between perceived environmental attributes and adults' recreational walking, using data collected from 13,745 adult participants in 12 countries. Perceived residential density, land use mix, street connectivity, aesthetics, safety from crime, and proximity to parks were linearly associated with recreational walking, while curvilinear associations were found for residential density, land use mix, and aesthetics. The observed associations were consistent across countries, except for aesthetics. Using data collected from environmentally diverse countries, this study confirmed findings from prior single-country studies. Present findings suggest that similar environmental attributes are associated with recreational walking internationally.