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This article is from The International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity, volume 8.AbstractBackground: Walking is a popular form of physical activity and a convenient option to prevent chronic diseases. However, most of the evidence on this topic derives from high-income countries and little is known about walking patterns and its association with environmental features in low and middle income countries. Objectives: To describe walking for leisure and to identify its association with perceived environment and personal factors among residents of three state capitals from different regions of Brazil Methods: Cross sectional phone surveys were conducted in Recife, Curitiba and Vitória n = 6,166 in 2007, 2008 and 2009 respectively. Physical activity was measured using the leisure-time sections of the long version of the International Physical Activity Questionnaire IPAQ. Perceived environment characteristics were assessed using a modified version of the Neighborhood Environment Walkability Scale NEWS. Multivariable analysis tested the associations between walking for leisure and perceived environment characteristics across the cities using logistic regression. Results: The proportions of respondents meeting physical activity recommendations through walking for leisure were 9.6%, 16.0% and 8.8% in Curitiba, Recife and Vitoria, respectively. Engaging in 150 min-wk or more of walking for leisure was significantly associated with younger age, higher education, better self-rated health and with lack of sidewalks on nearby streets. We did not find positive associations between walking for leisure and traffic conditions and safety related to cycling-walking during the day or night. Conclusion: Most environmental features were not associated with walking for leisure. Personal factors were stronger predictors of walking for leisure as compared with perceived environment factors.



Author: Gomes, Grace AO; Reis, Rodrigo S; Parra, Diana C; Ribeiro, Isabela; Hino, Adriano AF; Hallal, Pedro C; Malta, Deborah C; Brownson, Ross C

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