Associations Between Social and Physical Environments and Older Adults’ Walking for Transportation and Recreation

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This study examined the associations between physical environment, social environment, and walking for transportation and recreation among older adults in Hong Kong. Cross-sectional data from 450 older adults (79 years or younger [71.9%], female [79.7%]) from 18 districts in Hong Kong were used. The participants’ perceptions of their physical and social environments were collected, and their walking behaviors were self-reported. The results revealed that positive physical environment facilitators and social environments were associated with increased total walking. Only positive physical environment facilitators were associated with increased walking for transportation, and physical and social environments had no notable effect on walking for recreation. These findings suggest that policy makers and walking intervention designers should develop strategies to enhance physical and social environments to promote total walking and walking for transportation.

The authors are with the Department of Sport and Physical Education, Hong Kong Baptist University, Kowloon Tong, Kowloon, Hong Kong.

Leung (kmleung@hkbu.edu.hk) is corresponding author.
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