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Conference Paper: Walking for recreation and perceptions of the neighbourhood environment in older Chinese urban dwellers

TitleWalking for recreation and perceptions of the neighbourhood environment in older Chinese urban dwellers
Authors
Issue Date2012
PublisherElsevier Australia. The Journal's web site is located at http://www.elsevier.com/wps/find/journaldescription.cws_home/707423/description?navopenmenu=-2
Citation
The 4th International Congress on Physical Activity and Public Health (Be Active 2012), Sydney, NSW., Australia, 31 October-3 November 2012. In Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport, 2012, v. 15 suppl. 1, p. S217-S218 How to Cite?
AbstractINTRODUCTION: Engagement in walking for recreation can contribute to healthy aging. Although there is growing evidence that the neighbourhood environment can influence walking for recreation, the amount of such evidence in relation to older adults is scarce and limited to Western low-density urban locations. Asian urban environments are typified by distinctive environmental and cultural characteristics that may yield different patterns to those observed in Western countries. Therefore, the main aim of this study was to examine associations of perceived environmental attributes with overall and within-neighbourhood walking for recreation in Chinese elders (65+ years) residing in Hong Kong, an ultra-dense Asian metropolis. METHODS: A sample of 484 elders was recruited from 32 neighbourhoods stratified by socio-economic status and walkability (dwelling and intersection densities). Validated questionnaires measuring perceived neighbourhood environment and weekly minutes of overall and within-neighbourhood walking for recreation were interviewer-administered. RESULTS: Results showed that the level of recreational walking was twice to four times higher than that reported in Western adults and elders. While overall walking for recreation showed a general lack of associations with perceived environmental attributes, within-neighbourhood recreational walking was positively related with proximity of recreational facilities, infrastructure for walking, indoor places for walking, and presence of bridge/ overpasses connecting to services. Age and educational attainment moderated the associations with several perceived environmental attributes with older and less educated participants showing stronger associations. DISCUSSION: Traditional cultural views on the benefits of physical activity and the high accessibility of facilities and pedestrian infrastructure of Hong Kong may explain the high levels of walking. Although specific neighbourhood attributes, or their perception, may influence recreational walking within the neighbourhood, the compactness and public-transport affordability of ultra-dense metropolises such as Hong Kong may make it easy for elders to compensate for the lack of favourable neighbourhood attributes by walking outside the neighbourhood.
DescriptionSession 204B - Environments and physical activity: Adults: paper no. 526
This journal suppl. entitled: Be Avtive 2012
Persistent Identifierhttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/188040
ISSN
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dc.contributor.authorCerin, Een_US
dc.contributor.authorSit, Cen_US
dc.contributor.authorBarnett, Aen_US
dc.contributor.authorCheung, MCen_US
dc.contributor.authorChan, WMen_US
dc.date.accessioned2013-08-21T07:26:48Z-
dc.date.available2013-08-21T07:26:48Z-
dc.date.issued2012en_US
dc.identifier.citationThe 4th International Congress on Physical Activity and Public Health (Be Active 2012), Sydney, NSW., Australia, 31 October-3 November 2012. In Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport, 2012, v. 15 suppl. 1, p. S217-S218en_US
dc.identifier.issn1440-2440-
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/188040-
dc.descriptionSession 204B - Environments and physical activity: Adults: paper no. 526-
dc.descriptionThis journal suppl. entitled: Be Avtive 2012-
dc.description.abstractINTRODUCTION: Engagement in walking for recreation can contribute to healthy aging. Although there is growing evidence that the neighbourhood environment can influence walking for recreation, the amount of such evidence in relation to older adults is scarce and limited to Western low-density urban locations. Asian urban environments are typified by distinctive environmental and cultural characteristics that may yield different patterns to those observed in Western countries. Therefore, the main aim of this study was to examine associations of perceived environmental attributes with overall and within-neighbourhood walking for recreation in Chinese elders (65+ years) residing in Hong Kong, an ultra-dense Asian metropolis. METHODS: A sample of 484 elders was recruited from 32 neighbourhoods stratified by socio-economic status and walkability (dwelling and intersection densities). Validated questionnaires measuring perceived neighbourhood environment and weekly minutes of overall and within-neighbourhood walking for recreation were interviewer-administered. RESULTS: Results showed that the level of recreational walking was twice to four times higher than that reported in Western adults and elders. While overall walking for recreation showed a general lack of associations with perceived environmental attributes, within-neighbourhood recreational walking was positively related with proximity of recreational facilities, infrastructure for walking, indoor places for walking, and presence of bridge/ overpasses connecting to services. Age and educational attainment moderated the associations with several perceived environmental attributes with older and less educated participants showing stronger associations. DISCUSSION: Traditional cultural views on the benefits of physical activity and the high accessibility of facilities and pedestrian infrastructure of Hong Kong may explain the high levels of walking. Although specific neighbourhood attributes, or their perception, may influence recreational walking within the neighbourhood, the compactness and public-transport affordability of ultra-dense metropolises such as Hong Kong may make it easy for elders to compensate for the lack of favourable neighbourhood attributes by walking outside the neighbourhood.-
dc.languageengen_US
dc.publisherElsevier Australia. The Journal's web site is located at http://www.elsevier.com/wps/find/journaldescription.cws_home/707423/description?navopenmenu=-2-
dc.relation.ispartofJournal of Science and Medicine in Sporten_US
dc.titleWalking for recreation and perceptions of the neighbourhood environment in older Chinese urban dwellersen_US
dc.typeConference_Paperen_US
dc.identifier.emailCerin, E: ecerin@hku.hken_US
dc.identifier.emailSit, C: sithp@hku.hken_US
dc.identifier.emailBarnett, A: abarnett@hku.hken_US
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dc.identifier.authoritySit, C=rp00957en_US
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dc.identifier.volume15-
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dc.identifier.spageS217-
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dc.publisher.placeAustralia-

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