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Kinesiology

Walking

John Sirard

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Neighborhood Design And Perceptions: Relationship With Active Commuting, Carolyn C. Voorhees, J. Scott Ashwood, Kelly R. Evenson, John R. Sirard, Ariane L. Rung, Marsha Dowda, Thomas L. Mckenzie Dec 2009

Neighborhood Design And Perceptions: Relationship With Active Commuting, Carolyn C. Voorhees, J. Scott Ashwood, Kelly R. Evenson, John R. Sirard, Ariane L. Rung, Marsha Dowda, Thomas L. Mckenzie

John Sirard

Purpose—Walking to and from school contributes to total physical activity levels. This study investigated whether perceived and actual neighborhood features were associated with walking to or from school among adolescent girls. Methods—A sample of geographically diverse 8th grade girls (N=890) from the Trial for Activity in Adolescent Girls (TAAG) study living within 1.5 miles of their middle school were recruited. Participants completed a self-administered survey on their neighborhood and walking behavior. Geographic information system (GIS) data were used to assess objective neighborhood features. Nested multivariable logistic regression analyses were conducted to determine the contribution of perceived ...