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Associations between the perceived environment and physical activity among adults aged 55-65 years: Does urban-rural area of residence matter?

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Cleland, V and Sodergren, M and Otahal, P and Timperio, A and Ball, K and Crawford, D and Salmon, J and McNaughton, SA, Associations between the perceived environment and physical activity among adults aged 55-65 years: Does urban-rural area of residence matter?, Journal of Aging and Physical Activity, 23, (1) pp. 55-63. ISSN 1063-8652 (2015) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1123/JAPA.2012-0271

Abstract

This study aimed to determine whether associations between the perceived environment and physical activity are moderated by urban-rural status among midolder aged adults. Environmental (safety, aesthetics, physical activity environment) and physical activity (total, leisure, transport) data from 3,888 adults (55 to 65 years) from urban and rural areas of Victoria, Australia, were analyzed. Multinomial logistic regression examined interactions between urban-rural status and environments in associations with physical activity. Significant (P < .05) interactions were evident and indicated positive associations only among older rural adults for both safety and aesthetics with total and transport physical activity (e.g., rural adults reporting higher safety were 91% to 118% more likely to have higher activity than rural adults reporting low safety). In contrast, the physical activity environment was positively associated with leisure activity among only urban adults. Findings suggest that some tailoring of physical activity promotion strategies targeting the environment may be required for urban and rural midolder aged adults.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:physical activity, environment, rural, adults
Research Division:Medical and Health Sciences
Research Group:Public Health and Health Services
Research Field:Epidemiology
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Public Health (excl. Specific Population Health)
Objective Field:Behaviour and Health
Author:Cleland, V (Dr Verity Cleland)
Author:Otahal, P (Mr Petr Otahal)
ID Code:98829
Year Published:2015
Web of Science® Times Cited:7
Deposited By:Menzies Institute for Medical Research
Deposited On:2015-03-04
Last Modified:2017-11-07
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