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Type: Journal article
Title: Walkability of local communities: Using geographic information systems to objectively assess relevant environmental attributes
Author: Leslie, E.
Coffee, N.
Frank, L.
Owen, N.
Bauman, A.
Hugo, G.
Citation: Health and Place, 2007; 13(1):111-122
Publisher: Pergamon-Elsevier Science Ltd
Issue Date: 2007
ISSN: 1353-8292
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Eva Leslie, Neil Coffee, Lawrence Frank, Neville Owen, Adrian Bauman and Graeme Hugo
Abstract: Geographic Information Systems (GIS) can be used to objectively measure features of the built environment that may influence adults' physical activity, which is an important determinant of chronic disease. We describe how a previously developed index of walkability was operationalised in an Australian context, using available spatial data. The index was used to generate a stratified sampling frame for the selection of households from 32 communities for the PLACE (Physical Activity in Localities and Community Environments) study. GIS data have the potential to be used to construct measures of environmental attributes and to develop indices of walkability for cities, regions or local communities.
Keywords: Humans
Motor Activity
Environment Design
Residence Characteristics
Public Facilities
Research Design
Public Policy
Social Support
Geographic Information Systems
Middle Aged
Health Promotion
DOI: 10.1016/j.healthplace.2005.11.001
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