Background: Few studies have explored associations of individual, social, and environmental factors with physical and walking behavior. Methods: A random-digit-dial questionnaire, which included selected individual, social, and environmental variables, was administered to 2025 adults, age 18 y and older, in two adjacent counties in a southeastern state. Logistic regressions were conducted adjusting for age, race, sex, education, and employment. Results: In multivariate models, somewhat different variables were associated with physical activity versus regular walking. Self-efficacy (OR = 19.19), having an exercise partner (OR = 1.47), recreation facilities (OR = 1.54), and safety of trails from crime (OR = 0.72) were associated with physical activity level; while self-efficacy (OR = 4.22), known walking routes (OR = 1.54), recreation facilities (OR = 1.57-1.59), and safety of trails from crime (OR = 0.69) were associated with regular walking behavior. Conclusions: Physical activity and walking behaviors were associated with similar variables in this study.
Published in Journal of Physical Activity and Health, Volume 4, Issue 3, 2007, pages 278-293.
Granner, M. L., Sharpe, P. A., Hutto, B., Wilcox, S., & Addy, C. L. (2007). Perceived individual, social, and environmental factors for physical activity and walking. Journal of Physical Activity and Health, 4(3), 278-293.
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