Cleland, V and Nash, M and Sharman, MJ and Claflin, S, Exploring the health-promoting potential of the 'parkrun' phenomenon: What factors are associated with higher levels of participation?, American Journal of Health Promotion, 33, (1) pp. 13-23. ISSN 0890-1171 (2019) [Refereed Article]
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Setting: Tasmania, Australia; June 2016.
Participants: Three hundred seventy two adult parkrun participants.
Measures: Online survey measuring sociodemographic, health, individual, social and environmental factors, parkrun participation, and PA.
Analysis: Descriptive statistics, zero-truncated Poisson regression models.
Results: Respondents (n = 371) were more commonly women (58%), aged 35 to 53 years (54%), and occasional or nonwalkers/runners (53%) at registration. A total of 44% had overweight/obesity. Half had non-adult children, most spoke English at home, and 7% reported PA-limiting illness/injury/disability. Average run/walk time was 30.2 ± 7.4 minutes. Compared to regular walkers/runners at registration, nonwalkers/runners were less commonly partnered, more commonly had overweight/obesity, less physically active, and had poorer self-rated health. Multivariate analyses revealed relative parkrun participation was inversely associated with education level and positively associated with interstate parkrun participation, perceived social benefits, self-efficacy for parkrun, and intentions to participate.
Conclusion: parkrun attracts nonwalkers/runners and population groups hard to engage in physical activity. Individual- and social-level factors were associated with higher relative parkrun participation. parkrun's scalability, accessibility, and wide appeal confers a research imperative to investigate its potential for public health gain.
|Item Type:||Refereed Article|
|Keywords:||behavior, body weight, body weights and measures, epidemiologic methods, epidemiologic studies, exercise, health, health promotion, life style|
|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:||Cleland, V (Associate Professor Verity Cleland)|
|UTAS Author:||Nash, M (Associate Professor Meredith Nash)|
|UTAS Author:||Sharman, MJ (Dr Melanie Sharman)|
|UTAS Author:||Claflin, S (Dr Suzi Claflin)|
|Year Published:||2019 (online first 2018)|
|Web of Science® Times Cited:||10|
|Deposited By:||Menzies Institute for Medical Research|
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