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Neighborhood environment and adherence to a walking intervention in African American women.

Authors
Zenk-SN; Wilbur-J; Wang-E; McDevitt-J; Oh-A; Block-R; McNeil-S; Savar-N
Source
Health Educ Behav 2009 Feb; 36(1):167-181
NIOSHTIC No.
20039697
Abstract
This secondary analysis examined relationships between the environment and adherence to a walking intervention among 252 urban and suburban, midlife African American women. Participants received an enhanced or minimal behavioral intervention. Walking adherence was measured as the percentage of prescribed walks completed. Objective measures of the women's neighborhoods included walkability (land use mix, street intersection density, housing unit density, public transit stop density), aesthetics (physical deterioration, industrial land use), availability of outdoor (recreational open space) and indoor (recreation centers, shopping malls) walking facilities/spaces, and safety (violent crime incidents). Ordinary least squares regression estimated relationships. The presence of one and especially both types of indoor walking facilities were associated with greater adherence. No associations were found between adherence and other environmental variables. The effect of the enhanced intervention on adherence did not differ by environmental characteristics. Aspects of the environment may influence African American women who want to be more active.
Keywords
Humans; Women; Age-groups; Demographic-characteristics; Behavior; Physical-exercise; Physical-fitness; Transportation; Author Keywords: African Americans; Neighborhood; Walking
Contact
Shannon N. Zenk, PhD, MPH, RN, University of Illinois at Chicago, 845 South Damen Avenue, MC 802, Chicago, IL 60612
CODEN
HEDBFS
Publication Date
20090201
Document Type
Journal Article
Email Address
szenk@uic.edu
Funding Type
Grant
Fiscal Year
2009
NTIS Accession No.
NTIS Price
Identifying No.
Grant-Number-T42-OH-008672
Issue of Publication
1
ISSN
1090-1981
Source Name
Health Education & Behavior
State
IL
Performing Organization
University of Illinois-Chicago
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