Physical activity profiles and perceived environmental determinants in New Zealand: a national cross-sectional study (2012)
Type of ContentJournal Article
PublisherUniversity of Canterbury. School of Health Sciences
BACKGROUND: A minority of adults in developed countries engage in sufficient physical activity (PA) to achieve health benefits. This study aims to identify modifiable perceived resources and barriers to PA among New Zealand adults.
METHODS: Secondary analysis of a 2003 nationally representative cross-sectional mail survey, stratified by region, age, and ethnicity, and analyzed utilizing ordinal logistic regression.
RESULTS: Overall, n = 8038 adults responded to the survey, of whom 49% met updated guidelines for sufficient PA. Perceived accessibility of local resources was associated with PA; however, for some resources there was more awareness among individuals whose predominant activity was not commonly associated with that resource (eg, health clubs and walkers). Perceived local environmental barriers demonstrated negative (steep hills, crime, dogs) and positive (unmaintained footpaths) associations. The absence of perceived environmental barriers was strongly associated with increased activity, suggesting the number of barriers may be a critical factor.
CONCLUSION: Complex relationships between perceptions of local environments and activity patterns among adults were found. Although complex, these results demonstrate positive associations between awareness of resources and perceived lack of barriers with being sufficiently physically active for health. Therefore, investments in provision and/or promotion of local resources have the potential to enable active healthy communities.
CitationGarrett, N., Schluter, P.J., Schofield, G. (2012) Physical activity profiles and perceived environmental determinants in New Zealand: a national cross-sectional study. Journal of Physical Activity and Health, 9(3), pp. 367-377.
This citation is automatically generated and may be unreliable. Use as a guide only.
Keywordsadults; neighborhood; perceptions; accessibility
ANZSRC Fields of Research11 - Medical and Health Sciences::1106 - Human Movement and Sports Science::110699 - Human Movement and Sports Science not elsewhere classified
11 - Medical and Health Sciences::1117 - Public Health and Health Services::111799 - Public Health and Health Services not elsewhere classified
Showing items related by title, author, creator and subject.
Comprehensive clinical assessment of home-based older persons within New Zealand: an epidemiological profile of a national cross-section Schluter PJ; Ahuriri-Driscoll A; Anderson TJ; Beere P; Brown J; Dalrymple-Alford J; David T; Davidson A; Gillon DA; Hirdes J; Keeling S; Kingham, Simon; Lacey C; Menclova AK; Millar N; Mor V; Jamieson HA (WILEY-BLACKWELL, 2016)© 2016 Public Health Association of Australia Objective: Since 2012, all community care recipients in New Zealand have undergone a standardised needs assessment using the Home Care International Residential Assessment ...
Domains and levels of physical activity are linked to adult mental health and wellbeing in deprived neighbourhoods: A cross-sectional study Mason, P.; Curl, A.; Kearns, A. (University of Canterbury. Geography, 2016)Although relationships between participating in physical activity and positive mental health and wellbeing are well established, little is known about the relative contributions of the different domains of physical activity ...
Comprehensive clinical assessment of home-based older persons within New Zealand: an epidemiological profile of a national cross-section Schluter, P.J.; Ahuriri-Driscoll, A.; Anderson, T.J.; Beere, P.; Brown, J.; Dalrymple-Alford, J.; David, T.; Davidson, A.; Gillon, D.A.; Hirdes, J.; Keeling, S.; Kingham, S.; Lacey, C.; Menclova, A.K.; Millar, N.; Mor, V.; Jamieson, H.A. (University of Canterbury. GeographyUniversity of Canterbury. School of Health Sciences, 2016)Objective: Since 2012, all community care recipients in New Zealand have undergone a standardised needs assessment using the Home Care International Residential Assessment Instrument (interRAI-HC). This study describes the ...