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      Understanding environmental influences on walking; Review and research agenda.

      American Journal of Preventive Medicine
      Environment, Exercise, Health Behavior, Humans, Residence Characteristics, Social Environment, Walking, psychology

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          Understanding how environmental attributes can influence particular physical activity behaviors is a public health research priority. Walking is the most common physical activity behavior of adults; environmental innovations may be able to influence rates of participation. Review of studies on relationships of objectively assessed and perceived environmental attributes with walking. Associations with environmental attributes were examined separately for exercise and recreational walking, walking to get to and from places, and total walking. Eighteen studies were identified. Aesthetic attributes, convenience of facilities for walking (sidewalks, trails); accessibility of destinations (stores, park, beach); and perceptions about traffic and busy roads were found to be associated with walking for particular purposes. Attributes associated with walking for exercise were different from those associated with walking to get to and from places. While few studies have examined specific environment-walking relationships, early evidence is promising. Key elements of the research agenda are developing reliable and valid measures of environmental attributes and walking behaviors, determining whether environment-behavior relationships are causal, and developing theoretical models that account for environmental influences and their interactions with other determinants.

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          15212778
          10.1016/j.amepre.2004.03.006

          Chemistry
          Environment,Exercise,Health Behavior,Humans,Residence Characteristics,Social Environment,Walking,psychology

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