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International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity

, 7:67

First Online: 17 September 2010Received: 16 March 2010Accepted: 17 September 2010

Abstract

BackgroundThe aim of this study was analyze associations between the practice of walking and environmental perception among elderly Brazilians in a region of low socioeconomic level.

MethodsA cross-sectional study was conducted among 385 elderly people aged 60 years and over. To evaluate walking, the International Physical Activity Questionnaire IPAQ, long version leisure and transport modules was used. The environment was evaluated by means of the Neighborhood Environmental Walkability Scale NEWS adapted Brazilian version. For the statistical analysis, multiple logistic regression models were created separately for men and women. The practice of at least 150 minutes a week of walking was the dependent variable, and the variables of environmental perception were the independent variables. All the models were controlled for schooling level and age.

ResultsThe proportion of elderly people active in walking was 56.9% for the men and 26.4% for the women. The perception of the presence of soccer fields OR = 4.12 and their proximity, within ten minutes- walk from home OR = 3.43, were associated with the practice of walking among the men. The perception of the presence of public squares OR = 4.70 and the proximity of primary healthcare units, within ten minutes- walk from home OR = 3.71, were associated with the practice of walking among the women. An association with adequate perception of vehicle traffic remained at the threshold of significance for the women.

ConclusionAccessibility of leisure structures such as football fields and public squares and of health services such as primary healthcare units were important environmental variables associated with the practice of walking among elderly people living in a region of low socioeconomic level in Brazil. These variables need to be taken into consideration when aiming to promote the practice of walking among elderly people living in similar regions.

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Autor: Emanuel P Salvador - Rodrigo S Reis - Alex A Florindo

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