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Associations Between Neighborhood Crime and Physical Activity Among Pregnant Women in South Carolina


Map A shows that CrimeRisk scores tended to be higher in and around the metropolitan centers. Map B indicates that pregnant women may still be active in areas of high crime; environmental aspects of these high-crime areas may support PA and enhance perceptions of physical safety. The bivariate relationship between MVPA and CrimeRisk score was not significant.

Map A shows the CrimeRisk score for the census tracts of study participants and Map B shows the bivariate relationship between MVPA and CrimeRisk score of study participants in the Health in Pregnancy and Postpartum Study, Richland, Lexington, and Sumter counties, South Carolina. Higher CrimeRisk scores indicate higher rates of crime (national mean score, 100). Lines indicate census tract boundaries. Abbreviations: MVPA, moderate to vigorous physical activity; PA, physical activity.

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