Associations between Moderate-to-Vigorous Physical Activity and Neighbourhood Recreational Facilities: The Features of the Facilities Matter

Objectives: To examine the associations between objectively-assessed moderate-to-vigorous physical activity (MVPA) and perceived/objective measures of neighbourhood recreational facilities categorized into indoor or outdoor, public, residential or commercial facilities. The associations between fac...

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Main Authors: Ka Yiu Lee, Paul H. Lee, Duncan Macfarlane
Format: Article
Language:English
Published: MDPI AG 2014-12-01
Series:International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
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GIS
Online Access:http://www.mdpi.com/1660-4601/11/12/12594
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spelling doaj-353a3cf0f6364551b3e6ba7b1b92f8322020-11-24T21:11:57ZengMDPI AGInternational Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health1660-46012014-12-011112125941261010.3390/ijerph111212594ijerph111212594Associations between Moderate-to-Vigorous Physical Activity and Neighbourhood Recreational Facilities: The Features of the Facilities MatterKa Yiu Lee0Paul H. Lee1Duncan Macfarlane2Institute of Human Performance, The University of Hong Kong, Pokfulam, Hong Kong, ChinaSchool of Nursing, Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Kowloon, Hong Kong, ChinaInstitute of Human Performance, The University of Hong Kong, Pokfulam, Hong Kong, ChinaObjectives: To examine the associations between objectively-assessed moderate-to-vigorous physical activity (MVPA) and perceived/objective measures of neighbourhood recreational facilities categorized into indoor or outdoor, public, residential or commercial facilities. The associations between facility perceptions and objectively-assessed numbers of recreational facilities were also examined. Method: A questionnaire was used on 480 adults to measure local facility perceptions, with 154 participants wearing ActiGraph accelerometers for ≥4 days. The objectively-assessed number of neighbourhood recreational facilities were examined using direct observations and Geographical Information System data. Results: Both positive and negative associations were found between MVPA and perceived/objective measures of recreational facilities. Some associations depended on whether the recreational facilities were indoor or outdoor, public or residential facilities. The objectively-assessed number of most public recreational facilities was associated with the corresponding facility perceptions, but the size of effect was generally lower than for residential recreational facilities. Conclusions: The objectively-assessed number of residential outdoor table tennis courts and public indoor swimming pools, the objectively-assessed presence of tennis courts and swimming pools, and the perceived presence of bike lanes and swimming pools were positive determinants of MVPA. It is suggested to categorize the recreational facilities into smaller divisions in order to identify unique associations with MVPA.http://www.mdpi.com/1660-4601/11/12/12594neighbourhoodrecreational facilitiesMVPAGIS
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Duncan Macfarlane
Associations between Moderate-to-Vigorous Physical Activity and Neighbourhood Recreational Facilities: The Features of the Facilities Matter
International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
neighbourhood
recreational facilities
MVPA
GIS
author_facet Ka Yiu Lee
Paul H. Lee
Duncan Macfarlane
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title Associations between Moderate-to-Vigorous Physical Activity and Neighbourhood Recreational Facilities: The Features of the Facilities Matter
title_short Associations between Moderate-to-Vigorous Physical Activity and Neighbourhood Recreational Facilities: The Features of the Facilities Matter
title_full Associations between Moderate-to-Vigorous Physical Activity and Neighbourhood Recreational Facilities: The Features of the Facilities Matter
title_fullStr Associations between Moderate-to-Vigorous Physical Activity and Neighbourhood Recreational Facilities: The Features of the Facilities Matter
title_full_unstemmed Associations between Moderate-to-Vigorous Physical Activity and Neighbourhood Recreational Facilities: The Features of the Facilities Matter
title_sort associations between moderate-to-vigorous physical activity and neighbourhood recreational facilities: the features of the facilities matter
publisher MDPI AG
series International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
issn 1660-4601
publishDate 2014-12-01
description Objectives: To examine the associations between objectively-assessed moderate-to-vigorous physical activity (MVPA) and perceived/objective measures of neighbourhood recreational facilities categorized into indoor or outdoor, public, residential or commercial facilities. The associations between facility perceptions and objectively-assessed numbers of recreational facilities were also examined. Method: A questionnaire was used on 480 adults to measure local facility perceptions, with 154 participants wearing ActiGraph accelerometers for ≥4 days. The objectively-assessed number of neighbourhood recreational facilities were examined using direct observations and Geographical Information System data. Results: Both positive and negative associations were found between MVPA and perceived/objective measures of recreational facilities. Some associations depended on whether the recreational facilities were indoor or outdoor, public or residential facilities. The objectively-assessed number of most public recreational facilities was associated with the corresponding facility perceptions, but the size of effect was generally lower than for residential recreational facilities. Conclusions: The objectively-assessed number of residential outdoor table tennis courts and public indoor swimming pools, the objectively-assessed presence of tennis courts and swimming pools, and the perceived presence of bike lanes and swimming pools were positive determinants of MVPA. It is suggested to categorize the recreational facilities into smaller divisions in order to identify unique associations with MVPA.
topic neighbourhood
recreational facilities
MVPA
GIS
url http://www.mdpi.com/1660-4601/11/12/12594
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