Can new technologies disentangle the relationship between people, place and physical activity?
ISPAH ePoster Library. Hillsdon M. Oct 16, 2018; 225049; 496
Melvyn Hillsdon
Melvyn Hillsdon
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Abstract Physical activity (PA) is typically undertaken in frequent short bouts of varying intensities and patterns across the day and week. The reasons for undertaking PA include domestic chores, work, transport, sport, recreation/play or simply moving from one location to another for routine tasks. It can be done alone or with others. The environments in which PA takes place vary (e.g., home, workplace, shopping centre, leisure centre, green space etc) as does the distance from the home neighbourhood where PA is performed. Over 50% of recorded activity takes place away from the home neighbourhood and is related to socioeconomic position, urban/rural location and access to cars. The complex relationship people, place and purpose on specific patterns and volumes of PA is poorly understood, largely as a result of relying on self-reports of PA and its determinants that are recalled and summarised over days and weeks. The aggregated PA data plus the tendency for misclassification of self-reports have hindered developments in understanding how people accumulate their activity. Consequently, public health recommendations are limited to a one-size-fits-all model that few people actually achieve. A better understanding of how people acquire their PA, with whom and in what settings and locations may open up the possibility of more tailored recommendations that may in turn be more easily incorporated into modern lifestyles.This presentation will examine the opportunities and challenges presented by new technologies that permit more precise monitoring of lifestyles as well as the built and social environments in which they are taking place.
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