Accession Number : AD1012739

Title :   Factors That Are Associated With Physical Activity Among Visitors To Urban National Parks: Are There Group Differences

Descriptive Note : Technical Report

Corporate Author : Uniformed Services University Of The Health Sciences Bethesda United States

Personal Author(s) : Rabbani,Juleon

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Report Date : 15 May 2015

Pagination or Media Count : 191

Abstract : Research results indicate that optimal levels of physical activity (PA) yield a wide variety of beneficial health outcomes. There are, however, marked disparities between racial/ethnic groups in meeting the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC) recommended levels of moderate-to-vigorous physical activity (MVPA). Urban national parks, especially those near communities of color, offer opportunities to encourage MVPA among their visitors. Nonetheless, research to identify facilitators and barriers to PA in these settings is limited and warrants further investigation. We aimed to identify psychosocial factors (e.g. self-efficacy, self-regulation, outcome expectancies, and social support) and perceived characteristics of a park (i.e. the social and physical environment) that are associated with an active park visit. Additionally, this investigation determined if the likelihood of an active visit was associated with visitor sociodemographic characteristics (e.g. race/ethnicity or age), group composition and weather.

Descriptors :   public health , PHYSICAL FITNESS , Urban areas , Ethnic groups , recreation , Accelerometers , CULTURAL DIVERSITY , Cultural differences

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE