Individual and built environmental factors associated to physical activity in park users in Colombia: A preliminary analysis.
ISPAH ePoster Library. Marina Camargo D. Oct 15, 2018; 225135; 115
Diana Marina Camargo
Diana Marina Camargo
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Abstract Introduction:<\b>
Parks, streets and neighborhoods as part of the built environment (BE) elements could be essential for encouraging a variety of physical activity behaviors. The aim of this study was to examine the associations between selected BE attributes and moderate to vigorous physical activity (MVPA) perceived in park users.Method: A cross-sectional study was conducted with 1,247 park users from ten parks in Bucaramanga, Colombia. The survey included sociodemographic variables and related with the park use such as accessibility and frequency; also the characteristics of the target areas for PA in the park were evaluated. BE attributes as mixed land use (entropy index) and walkability index in a buffer within 1000 m were calculated. The outcome was defined by one question as absolute physical activity (seldom, moderately, vigorously active). A multilevel logistic regression was applied for the analysis. Results:<\b>
Individual covariates positively associated to MVPA perceived were male, live more than a year in the neighborhood, visit the park from 6:00 to 10:00 in the morning and number of weekly visits to the park; also among BE covariates we founded the availability of equipment inside the parks and entropy index. Only walkability index showed a negative association. Conclusion:<\b>
This is the first study that provides evidence on park use in an intermediate city from Latin America (LA) that evaluated individual and BE attributes associated to MVPA. More studies are necessary to understanding and contribute to the planning of our cities. External funding details Administrative Department of Science and Technology of Colombia (Colciencias)
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