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Do associations of neighbourhood environment with physical activity vary across the day and week?

Ester Cerin

IHA Professors Ester Cerin and James Sallis, along with Australian and international colleagues, have co-authored a paper published in the International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity, examining whether the associations between neighbourhood environment attributes and moderate-to-vigorous physical activity (PA) varied by time of day, and day of week among adults from 10 countries. They also examined whether such associations varied by employment status, gender and city.

Associations of most neighbourhood environmental attributes with PA tended to be stronger in the mornings and afternoon/evenings. During weekends, access to public transport stops showed positive associations with PA across all periods of the day. Some associations differed across genders and employment status. Overall, the findings suggested that that space and time constraints in adults’ daily activities were important factors in determining the impact of neighbourhood attributes on PA.

Read their paper here.

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