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Is the Association between Park Proximity and Recreational Physical Activity among Mid-Older Aged Adults Moderated by Park Quality and Neighbourhood Conditions?

Ester Cerin, with Jelle Van Cauwenberg and Benedicte Deforche from Ghent University, Belgium, Anna Timperio, Jo Salmon and Jenny Veitch from Deakin University, have published in the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health on the association between park proximity and recreational physical activity among mid-older aged adults.
Self-reported data from the Wellbeing, Eating and Exercise for a Long Life (WELL) study of 2700 Australian adults (57-69) was collected in 2012 and examined to ascertain whether park quality and perceptions of the neighborhood physical and social environment modified the associations between park proximity and recreational physical activity among mid-older aged adults.
The authors’ findings suggest that the provision of high-quality parks, social trust and cohesion among neighbors may stimulate mid-older aged adults to use nearby parks for recreational walking. Specific facilities, such as gyms, sports fields, may promote other forms of recreational physical activities, for example jogging and cycling, among this age group. The authors note that more research is needed to explore the complex relationships between park usage, neighborhood physical and social environment characteristics and recreational physical activity among mid-older adults.
Read their paper here.


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