It is important to identify new strategies to increase the likelihood of children’s physical activity each day. The ability to walk to school is among them. This study shows that improving neighborhood built environments may be an effective strategy.
About the Study:
Data collection took place from 2009 through 2010 and utilized telephone surveys. The statistical analyses were run for 901 children ages 3 to 18. Neighborhood perceptions on: (1) traffic and crime, (2) unpleasantness for walking or cycling, (3) condition of the sidewalks; (4) social cohesion; (5) distance to school; and (6) demographics were included in the explanatory variables.