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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2009, 6(2), 654-677; doi:10.3390/ijerph60200654
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Small Area and Individual Level Predictors of Physical Activity in Urban Communities: A Multi-Level Study in Stoke on Trent, England

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1 Centre for Sport & Exercise Research, Staffordshire University, Leek Road Campus, Stoke on Trent, ST4 2DF, UK 2 Institute for Environment and Sustainability Research, Staffordshire University, College Road, Stoke on Trent, ST4 2DE, UK 3 Department of Psychology, Sheffield University, Sheffield, S10 2TP, UK 4 NatCen, National Centre for Social Research, 35 Northampton Square, London EC1V 0AX, UK
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Received: 18 November 2008 / Accepted: 10 February 2009 / Published: 13 February 2009
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Public Health: Feature Papers)
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Abstract

Reducing population physical inactivity has been declared a global public health priority. We report a detailed multi-level analysis of small area indices and individual factors as correlates of physical activity in deprived urban areas. Multi-level regression analysis was used to investigate environmental and individual correlates of physical activity. Nine individual factors were retained in the overall model, two related to individual intentions or beliefs, three to access to shops, work or fast food outlets and two to weather; age and gender being the other two. Four area level indices related to: traffic, road casualties, criminal damage and access to green space were important in explaining variation in physical activity.
Keywords: Physical activity; public health; environment; multi-level analysis; beliefs; intentions; perceptions of neighbourhood; area level influences Physical activity; public health; environment; multi-level analysis; beliefs; intentions; perceptions of neighbourhood; area level influences
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Cochrane, T.; Davey, R.C.; Gidlow, C.; Smith, G.R.; Fairburn, J.; Armitage, C.J.; Stephansen, H.; Speight, S. Small Area and Individual Level Predictors of Physical Activity in Urban Communities: A Multi-Level Study in Stoke on Trent, England. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2009, 6, 654-677.

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