Stanesby, O and Long, M and Ball, K and Blizzard, L and Cocker, F and Greaves, S and Harpur, S and Johnston, F and Jose, K and Marshall, E and Palmer, AJ and Sharman, M and Venn, A and Williams, J and Cleland, V, Socio-demographic, behavioural and health-related characteristics associated with active commuting in a regional Australian state: evidence from the 2016 Tasmanian Population Health Survey, Health Promotion Journal of Australia, (September) pp. 1-12. ISSN 2201-1617 (2020) [Refereed Article]
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Methods: This study used data from the 2016 Tasmanian Population Health Survey, a representative cross-sectional self-report survey of 6,300 adults in Tasmania, Australia. Logistic regression modelling investigated associations between socio-demographic, behavioural and health characteristics and past week active commuting frequency.
Results: In multivariable models, being younger, having tertiary qualifications, living in a socio-economically advantaged area, being physically active, having a healthy body mass index and good/excellent self-rated health were associated with engaging in more active commuting. Inner regional dwellers were no more likely than outer regional dwellers to actively commute after covariate adjustment.
Conclusion: Strategies to promote active commuting in regional/rural areas might consider targeting older adults, those less educated, those living in socio-economically disadvantaged areas, those less physically active, those with poorer health and those with higher body mass index. Research could further investigate why these groups appear to be less active for commuting purposes.
So what?: Increasing physical activity and active commuting may help to reduce rates of preventable common diseases in regional/remote areas.
|Item Type:||Refereed Article|
|Keywords:||behavioral research, cross-sectional studies, epidemiologic factors, exercise, locomotion, rural health, transportation|
|Research Division:||Health Sciences|
|Research Group:||Public health|
|Research Field:||Health promotion|
|Objective Group:||Public health (excl. specific population health)|
|Objective Field:||Behaviour and health|
|UTAS Author:||Stanesby, O (Mr Oliver Stanesby)|
|UTAS Author:||Blizzard, L (Professor Leigh Blizzard)|
|UTAS Author:||Cocker, F (Dr Fiona Cocker)|
|UTAS Author:||Johnston, F (Associate Professor Fay Johnston)|
|UTAS Author:||Jose, K (Dr Kim Jose)|
|UTAS Author:||Palmer, AJ (Professor Andrew Palmer)|
|UTAS Author:||Sharman, M (Dr Melanie Sharman)|
|UTAS Author:||Venn, A (Professor Alison Venn)|
|UTAS Author:||Cleland, V (Associate Professor Verity Cleland)|
|Deposited By:||Menzies Institute for Medical Research|
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