Public parks: Characteristics, users and potential for physical activity promotion
ISPAH ePoster Library. Paula Santos M. Oct 16, 2018; 225406; 91
Maria Paula Santos
Maria Paula Santos
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Abstract Public parks are outdoor environments that could favour physical activity. The aim of this study was to describe public parks use and supply of structures. Four parks from Guimarães (North of Portugal) were assessed through the EAPRS instrument. Data on the parks use were obtained with the iSOPARC app. Kruskal-Wallis test and Chi-squared tests were used. Results:<\b>
From 4.906 observations (4.842 valid), 9.882 park users were observed (63.5% male), 14.1% children (0.36±1.32), 15.8% adolescents (0.32±1.07), 37.2% adults (0.83±1.7) and 23.3% older users (0.53±1.83). Walking e Vigorous categories were more frequently observed during the morning period (28.8% and 30%). Children (38.9%), adolescents (38.8%) and adults (31.2%) were more frequently observed during the evening period “17:30”, older users were more observed during afternoon period (33.5%). An association was found between age group (older) and sedentary PA level (r = 0.69; p<0.05) and between walking and adult users (r = 0.62; p<0.05). Vigorous PA level was moderately associated with children age group of users (r = 0.46; p<0.05). There was also an association between adults and children observed in parks (r = 0.35; p<0.05). The unpaved trail seems to contribute to greater walking in parks. Conclusion:<\b>
The use of parks to be active can be promoted from a varied distribution of structures favouring the practice of moderate-vigorous physical activity External funding details Research Centre in Physical Activity, Health and Leisure (CIAFEL) is supported by Grant: UID/DTP/00617/2013
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